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Chinese Toon 'North Red'

Chinese Toon 'North Red'

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Uses: Edible deciduous tree and/or hedge

Benefits: Able to be kept as a "vegetable" (edible shoot) producing hedge (instead of a tall tree) if consistently trimmed. Young leaves and shoots are edible, and rich in vitamins and minerals! Tree produces hard wood, which is perfect for furniture and guitar making! Extremely hardy and easy to take care of! 

Zones: 5 - 9

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Life Cycle: Perennial 

Mature Height: 65'

Mature Width: 30'

Bloom Season: Spring into Summer

Harvest Season: Late Spring through Early Fall

Growth Rate: Rapid


Chinese Toon 'North Red' is a true multi-purpose tree! Often referred to as a "vegetable tree", it's able to provide shade, food, and hard timber! 

Although its popularity is only beginning to grow in North America, Chinese Toon is extremely popular throughout China! It's also becoming popular throughout Europe, since its wood is so similar to Swietenia Mahogany (AKA True Mahogany), which is extremely expensive due to the restrictions on its timbering. 

Develops small whitish pink flowers on approx. 12" pendulous panicles which last from late spring through early summer.

Its young leaves and new shoots are edible, and typically taste best when they're red. They're quite aromatic, and have a fragrance and flavor that's somewhat onion-like and floral. Use them in stir fry, fried rice, as a side dish, or any other way you choose. It is not suggested to store the harvested leaves and shoots of this plant, so use them while they're fresh. 

Although this tree will grow over 50' tall if allowed, many growers keep their Chinese Toon Trees trimmed in an almost hedge like shape, which maximizes their vegetable harvestability. 

Known to be extremely rapid growing, sometimes reaching a height of 60' in as little as 10 years! 

In addition to the benefits offered its edibility and timber, Chinese Toon is considered by some to have medicinal properties. 


Chinese Toon Care

Provide full to partial sun! Typically, the more sun Chinese Toon has, the faster it will grow. Too little light will cause growth issues. 

Fertilization is suggested, especially if the soil is poor. Our slow release fertilizer is a great option. We recommend that fertilizations be applied in the spring.

Does best in soil that's moist, slightly acidic, and well draining. Does not thrive in dry soil! 

Pruning and trimming are unnecessary, unless to keep the tree small and hedge-like for the purpose of harvesting shoots and leaves for food. 

Water regularly, especially after planting prior to establishment. Attempt to keep soil moist, but not wet. It's suggested to place 2"-3" of mulch under this plant to help retain a light degree of ground moisture and to prevent the growth of weeds around the base.


Size of Chinese Toon for Sale Online

The Toona sinensis 'North Red' that we sell online will ship in a greenhouse grade grow pot. Each plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. Please contact us with any specific questions.

Size of Chinese Toon When Mature

If unkept, Toona sinensis 'North Red' will often reach mature heights of 50'-65' and widths of 25'-30'. Many growers choose to trim and prune their Chinese Toon Trees early and often in order to maintain a smaller, hedge like plant which is often as small as 8' high and 5' wide. 

Additional Information

What are the common names of Toona sinensis 'North Red'?

  • Chinese Toon

  • Beef and Onion Plant

  • Red Toon

  • Chinese Mahogany

  • Chinese Cedar

  • Chinese Toon

Toxicity and Risks of Chinese Toon

We were unable to find any information that would suggest that Toona sinensis 'North Red' is toxic to either people and pets.

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