It grows to 2 m tall, and has velvet-like heart-shaped leaves 15–25 cm broad. The flowers are yellow or orange, 4 cm diameter, maturing into button-shaped capsules which split lengthwise to release the seeds. The flowers and plants have a fruity scent.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
velvetleaf, velvetweed, Chinese jute, China jute, buttonweed, butterprint, pie-marker, or Indian mallow
Maximum Reachable Height
10.00 to 15.00 feet
yellow or orange
May to July
easy to grow
Planting and care
They should be placed in areas of your home that receive bright, but filtered sunlight.
Soil should be kept only moderately moist at all times, do not over water this plant!
You can even add some rocks or gravel to the bottom of your pot to ensure that water is draining well.
Fertilize once a week during the growing season.
Velvet Leaf Tree care
Purple velvet plants can thrive in small pots for quite some time.
prune them heavily as they grow by cutting stems off at no more than 5" above the soil line.
Cuttings can be rooted well in jars of water. It typically takes 1-2 weeks for a cutting to root successfully.
Apply any organic fertilizer
Velvet Leaf Tree special feature
Parts Used: Whole vine, leaves, roots, seeds, bark.
Velvet Leaf Tree uses
Bast fibers of the bark are made into rope
Pounded leaves used for snake bites, abscesses, and wounds
Leaves and roots used for treatment of ulcersLeaves used for scabies
Roots used as diuretic
Frequently Asked Questions
What is another name for a Velvet Leaf Tree ?
Velvet Leaf Tree is commonly known as velvetleaf, velvetweed, Chinese jute, China jute, buttonweed, butterprint, pie-marker, or Indian mallow
How tall do Velvet Leaf Tree grow?
On average Velvet Leaf Tree grows 10.00 to 15.00 feet
What color are Velvet Leaf Tree ?
A Velvet Leaf Tree plant bears flowers of color yellow or orange
When Velvet Leaf Tree blooms?
With enough light, Velvet Leaf Tree may produce yellow or orange flowers in May to July
How hard is Velvet Leaf Tree to grow?
A Velvet Leaf Tree is easy to grow
How much sunlight does a Velvet Leaf Tree need?
A Velvet Leaf Tree prefers Full sun
How much water does a Velvet Leaf Tree need?
A Velvet Leaf Tree prefers watering Medium
What kind of soil does a Velvet Leaf Tree need?
A Velvet Leaf Tree prefers well-drained soils
What temperature does a Velvet Leaf Tree like?
A Velvet Leaf Tree prefers 23ºC
How often should I fertilize my Velvet Leaf Tree ?
To encourage Velvet Leaf Tree growth, Apply any organic fertilizer