Monkey Hand Tree also known as Chiranthodendron pentadactylon is native to Mexico.
A fast growing evergreen tree it can reach the height of 50 feet with a spread of 20 to 30 feet. Leaves are 8 to 10 inches long and shaped like a sycamore leaf. medium green in color with a rusty underside.
The odd flowers of the Monkey Hand Tree somewhat resemble waxy, deep red, smallish Tulips, covered on the outside with a soft fuzz. Projecting from the flower is a fantastic structure that resembles a tiny red hand, complete with fingernails. Blooms appear from March – October; borne toward the ends of the branches, the leaves almost cover them. Hardy to 20 degrees F.
Chiranthodendron literally means “hand-flowering tree”, while the epithet pentadactylon means “five-fingered” — referring to the five prominent stamens. Pollinators attracted to the flowers include both bats and perching birds, particularly orioles and their relatives.
Continual leaf drop in summer and strong surface rooting rules it out as a patio or street tree. Does best in deep soil with infrequent but deep watering.
We are offering a well-established plant 12 to 16 inches tall