Asian Essence™ Litsea

Litsea populifolia 'DJHC8059'

An attractive deciduous tree offers unique texture with its upright, open form and whorls of round green leaves on red stems. Inconspicuous umbels of tiny yellow spring flowers have a pleasant fragrance. Discovered by explorer Dan Hinkley in the Sichuan province of China, where the aromatic oil of Litsea is prized for use in the cosmetics industry.
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Good to grow!9


Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationLIT-see-a pop-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-uh
LoreThe aromatic foliage and flowers of several species of Litsea contain essential oils, often used in cosmetics, soaps and holistic medicines. The fragrance of the litsea flowers has a citrus-like aroma.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing, small tree; reaches 18 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly to Mid Spring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseSpecimen, Woodland Garden, Hillside, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSweet Box (Sarcococcca); Chinese Indigo (Indigofera); Japanese Iris (Iris ensata); Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides); Abelia (Abelia)

Provide humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 9

Good to grow!