|Just as last year's leaves are starting to look tired, fresh new ones are pushed out in mid-March |
Evergreen tree in the witch-hazel family from southeast Asia. New leaves unfurl with bronze tones from large flattened stipules. The reddish flowers are similar to those of other plants in the family, small and not particularly showy. We were attracted to the duck's foot look of some of the leaves on the small tree we bought at a local nursery. They don't really look like the leaves I've seen of this species in online photos, so I'm reserving judgment as to what exactly we have until it grows a bit more and I can see its true habit and leaf form. That's assuming the tree proves hardy enough to survive in our garden – so far so good, it survived our significant freeze in January 2018. By mid-March, shiny new leaves were pushing their way out, and within two weeks, our tree had shed nearly all of its older leaves, which had started to look rather tired.
|New leaves have replaced last years' foliage, late March |
In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard
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|S. O Mahony||Nov 20, 2017||Greetings - This wonderful tropical-looking tree is not, in fact, tropical. I have seen it in the flesh only twice, in temperate climates - in the South Island of New Zealand and on the southwest coast of Ireland. Both these places are in Climate Zone 9, having occasional light winter frosts.
Good luck and happy growing!|
Thanks for weighing in. Neither of those places is anything like steamy subtropical Houston, so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed.
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March 30, 2018