The handsome, ornamental evergreen tree originates from Asia. It has glossy, simple green leaves that turn a vibrant orange before dropping in April-May. In the autumn, shiny, blue-black fruits are produced that add even more ornamental value.
The tree will grow to heights of 5-6m in temperature Western – Europe but in its native country, 30m tall trees are common.
It is hardy to temperatures as low as -10c. However, in the spring when new shoots are produced they are very sensitive to late frosts (although it will not kill the entire tree).Excellent quality, 10-15cm tall plant in an 8cm square pot.
Native to: large parts of Asia
Family: Lauraceae (Olea Family)
Habit (UK conditions): evergreen, medium sized tree
Max. size in 10 years: 6m x 3m
Main value: shiny, glossy leaves and blue-black fruits
Flower colour: yellow, small
Flowering period: late spring
Autumn coloration: - (old leaves drop orange)
Preferences: very warm spot on many types of soil, pH ranging between 5 and 8
Hardiness: it is fairly hardy in Britain
Is it toxic? it is toxic if consumed in large quantities due to its volatile chemicals and can cause respiratory failure
Is it edible? no - we cannot take any responsibility on any adverse health effect due to mis-use of the plant.
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