• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Small tree, reaches 18 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Woodland Garden
    Blooms:
    Small umbels of yellow flowers appear early to mid-spring.
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Small tree, reaches 18 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Blooms:Small umbels of yellow flowers appear early to mid-spring.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleRustic
    Companion PlantsDawn Redwood (Metasequoia); Sweet Box (Sarcococcca); Abelia (Abelia); Chinese Indigo (Indigofera); Japanese Iris (Iris ensata)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Litsea populifolia is native to China (Sichuan, Xizang and NE Yunnan), where it is found on sunny slopes on mountains, along banks in river valleys, in thickets on shady slopes, and in arid and barren secondary forests, sometimes in pure stands; 2250-6500 ft. in elevation (700-2000 m.)
    Lore:
    The aromatic leaves and fruit may be processed for their aromatic oil and used in cosmetics and soap.