Chinese parasol tree, , (Firmiana simplex, syn. Hibiscus collinus Roxb., Hibiscus simplex L., Sterculia platanifolia L.f.) is an ornamental plant or tree of the cacao, or chocolate, of the family Sterculiaceae of the order Malvales, native to Asia. It grows to a height of 12 m (40 feet). It has alternate, deciduous leaves up to 30 cm (12 inches) across and small greenish white flowers that are borne in clusters. It is grown as an ornamental in warm regions of North America.
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