A small deciduous tree (Firmiana platanifolia) native to the mild, temperate zones in China. Wutong trees are cultivated for wood and fibers. The fibers, obtained from retting the bark, are used for cordage and cloth. The soft, lightweight, resonant wood traditionally used for soundboards in Asian musical instruments. It has also been used for making furniture and coffins.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Firmiana platanifolia; Firmiana simplex; Chinese parasol tree;
Hight to 5-10 m.
Hazards and Safety
This tree is considered an invasive species in Japan.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- External source or communication Comment: MFA Musical Instruments book
- Website address 1 Comment: Plants for a Future at http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Firmiana+simplex&CAN=LATIND
- Website address 2 Comment: Melody of China athttp://www.melodyofchina.com/06instruments/guzheng.html