An uncommon tree with an open, round crown, becoming wide umbel-shaped later. Native to East Asia. The tree has been grown in Europe for some time and is appreciated because of its decorative foliage and flower. The mature bark is slightly peeling. The large leaf consists of 7 to 11 ovate leaflets, each 5 - 8 cm long. When unfolding the leaf is strikingly silver-grey haired. The underside remains hairy. The white flowers, each almost 1 cm, are arranged in erect racemes that are 10 - 15 cm long. The flat pods that can reach 3 - 6 cm, appear in autumn. In spite of the reliable hardiness, the Maackia amurensis prefers a sheltered site.