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Amur Cork

Amur Cork Tree
The Amur corktree is a deciduous tree named for its cork-like bark and the Amur River. Native to eastern Asia, it grows rampantly in North America. It can handle drought and pollution, and can be found in many New York City parks. Its shape can vary widely – from very wide and short, to very tall and narrow. Two amur corktrees on opposite sides of the West Drive form a picturesque arch next to Winterdale Arch.

Common Name: Amur Corktree

Scientific Name: Phellodendron amurense

Origin: Eastern Asia

Family: Rutaceae

Size: 30'-50' tall, 40'-60' wide

Form: Round to oval

Culture: Thrives in urban landscapes


Broad, flat, pinnate, 10"-15" long with 5-11 sharply pointed leaflets


2"-4" clusters that form among the leaves


.25"-.5" drupe fruits that start green and turn black in the fall


Thick with a spongey texture, light golden brown on younger trees, gray/brown on mature trees