Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Neolitsia

Neolitsia sericea

Also called Litsia glauca or Neolitsea glauca. A fast growing evergreen tree reaching a maximum size of 50 x 40 feet, that is native to the forests of far eastern China, Korea & southern Japan.
Its aromatic, leathery, oval to oblong leaves are up to 8 x 3 inches in size. The very attractive foliage is silky golden at first; turning to smooth dull green above, silvery-white beneath.
The small, pale yellow flowers are born in tiny axilliary clusters during early to mid autumn.
They are followed by 0.7 inch, scarlet-red, egg-shape fruits during the winter.
The smooth bark is dark greenish-brown.
Hardy zones 6 to 11 and is easy to grow in sun or part shade. Prefers moist acid well drained soil and enjoys hot humid summers. Tolerant of very windy sites. Very rare in North America and Europe. It also grows reasonable well in the warmest parts of England where it has already reached 30 feet.

* photo taken Feb 2009 by Randy Stewart @ U.S. National Arboretum

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