TREASURE TREES

#001 Chinese Parasol (Firmiana simplex)

The NC Forest Service website has named this Chinese Parasol the state champion, or the biggest known specimen in the state. According to the Historic Rosedale website, the tree was planted in the 1950s from seed by Louise Hagey Davidson. Louise’s daughter, Mary, remembers her mother gathering the seeds from the Old Burton Smith (Mrs. Lillian) property, which once stood at 700 North Tryon Street.

Statistics (1990/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 82"/104"
  • Height (Ft.): 59'/56'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 36'/62'
  • Total Points: 150/176

More Information

  • Nominated By: Joe McLaurin, Tom Martin
  • Year Added: 1990
  • Owned By: The Historic Rosedale Foundation Inc.
  • Current Condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: North Davidson
  • Property Type: Public
  • Nearest Address: 3427 N Tryon St
  • Ecological Benefit: The Chinese Parasol is considered an ecological threat in several southern states. Its wood is used for the soundboard of some Chinese instruments.
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