- Showy Foliage
- Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
- Average Watering Needs
- Mature Height 4-6 Feet
The elegant China Doll Plant is botanically named Radermachera sinica, but is more commonly known as the serpent or emerald tree. With its delicate, dark-green leaves on a bushy habit, it is a great plant for adding some greenery to your home or office environment. Native to the mountainous regions of subtropical China, it can grow well as a houseplant if given the right conditions.
Best Locations For Growing China Doll Plant
The China Doll Plant is not considered toxic, although care should still be taken in growing this plant around pets or children. It can tolerate average humidity so can be grown in most indoor spaces.
China Doll Plant Sunlight Requirements
To thrive, the China Doll Plant needs to receive around 4 to 5 hours of bright indirect sunlight per day. Slightly diffused light near an east- or north-facing window tends to be ideal for this plant. If its growth becomes too leggy, it may not be getting enough light.
China Doll Plant Care
Requiring a warm environment to thrive, the China Doll Plant likes to be kept between 65 to 75 °F, away from any drafts. Even though this plant can tolerate relatively dry conditions, it is best grown with a bit of extra humidity that can be provided with regular misting or placing the plant on a wet pebble tray. The China Doll Plant can grow fast and may need regular pruning to keep it to shape and prevent it from becoming leggy. To prune this plant, any overgrown, misshapen or dying stems can be cut back to just above a leaf node with sanitized tools. Preferring to be kept a bit root-bound, repotting is only advisable if strictly necessary.
Watering China Doll Plant
The China Doll Plant prefers to be grown in a soil that is kept moist but not wet, as an overly wet soil can lead to root rot. Generally, this plant needs to be watered once the top inch of soil is dry; watering can be reduced during the winter months. To help prevent root rot, allow any excess water to drain away from the soil after watering.
Feeding China Doll Plant
The China Doll Plant can be fed every 2 to 4 weeks during the growing season with a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength to keep its foliage lush and healthy. Feeding this plant during the winter is not necessary.
China Doll Plant Information
|Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light|
|Care Requirements: Easy|
|Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.|
|Pet Friendly: No|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Air Purifier: Moderate|
|Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast|
|Mature Height: 4-6 feet|
|Mature Spread: 1-3 feet|
|Flower Color(s): White, Yellow|
|Flower Shade/Description: White, Yellow|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Foliage Description: Green Foliage|
|Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)|
|Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)|
|Common Name: China Doll Plant|
|Other Name(s): China Doll, Serpent Tree And Emerald Tree|
|Scientific Name: Radermachera sinica|
|Plant Type: House Plant|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
For more detailed information, please click here.
Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)
Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.