Amur Cork Tree

Amur Cork Tree bark and branchAmur Cork Tree
(Phellodendron amurense)

Tree near street, on lawn, east side of York Hall, Grove Street Extension

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  • Indigenous to valley of Amur River, a boundary between Russia’s Siberia and China’s Manchuria.
  • Thick bark resembles bark of the true cork tree (Quercus suber), an unrelated member of the oak family.
  • In U.S. considered an ornamental landscape tree for large spaces; bark provides winter interest.
  • Bark prized for use in traditional medicine in Japan, India and China. Inner yellow bark used to make dye in ancient China.