Litsea japonica

Category: Trees
Family: Lauraceae
Origin: Japan
Evergreen: yes
Flower Color: yellow
Bloom Time: spring
Height: 12 ft
Width: 15 ft
Exposure: part sun to part shade
Irrigation: medium
Cold Hardiness: 7 F
Description: Very rare in cultivation, this slow-growing shrub is among the few that maintains a dense form in medium shade without pruning. Blue-green above with fuzzy golden undersides, its attractive foliage is reminiscent of the cool-climate big-leaf rhododendrons which can’t otherwise be grown in southeast Texas, and therefore lends a unique presence in the garden you might otherwise expect in the Pacific Northwest. With such amazing foliage, you won’t care that the flowers are tiny and ornamentally insignificant.