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Post Neolitsea.
Came across a mention of this Japanese tropical looking tree to z8. What do you think?


Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:26 pm
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It's a huge Genus Stan.

We grow Neolitsea sericea here as a large shrub with refined leaves. The flowers are insignificant.

Its greatest moment of the year is the unfolding leaves in the late spring.

Chad


Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:53 pm
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Chad wrote:
It's a huge Genus Stan.

We grow Neolitsea sericea here as a large shrub with refined leaves. The flowers are insignificant.

Its greatest moment of the year is the unfolding leaves in the late spring.

Chad


Yup, Neolitsea is huge, and Litsea is even bigger. Here I get to see N. sericea as a native tree that is virtually never grown purposely. I like its deep green, glossy leaves, persistent red-orange berries, and (sorry Chad!) lovely yellow-white flowers in late fall. Of course the unfolding leaves are awesome as well - emerging as golden velvet wisps, maturing and becoming soft pink-red, and eventually hardening off. What's not to like?

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I've never seen berries on it.

I hadn't realised it was dioecious!

I think mine is female. Would that make the flowers less showy, there being no anthers?

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That's the one. N.sericea. Look at that flush! I had never even heard of them let alone their being a large numbers of them.


Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:42 pm
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Chad, I've not looked for a difference in the flowers - I'll have to check this fall. That said, I know female trees that have attractive flowers, so...

Stan, Neolitsea is confined to eastern Asia and Australia, so I'm not surprised you haven't heard of them. Litsea is found in both hemispheres. I first ran into the genus in Florida years ago when we saw Litsea aestivalis on a botanical field trip. Now I'm in the heart of their territory. Of the local Neolitsea, I like N. aciculata for its elegant foliage and beautiful purple-red flowers: http://www.geocities.jp/nisi175812/inugasi0.htm

Litsea also have some nice locals including L. acuminata: http://kanon1001.web.fc2.com/foto_sinri ... _no_ki.htm
and L. coreana (syn. L. lancifolia): http://forests.world.coocan.jp/flora/laur-4.html

Really wonderful trees. Both would do well in your area I'm sure.

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