A tree…this really is a beautiful specimen – at RHS Wisley, in the area behind the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden, that, earlier in the season, would be carpeted with spring flowering crocus. Gorgeous elongated leaves, with a twist, and in a Joseph’s Coat of autumn colour.  With colchicums at the base, the Autumn crocus. Symmetry. that is.

A small tree, with neat, cloud-like canopy, it is now, but I don’t know how big it is going to get. My books (RHS, Hillier, Dirr) are all blind to its charms and make no mention of it at all. Fie!


Tetradium daniellii (Syn Euodia danielli) gets a brief mention but none of the other nine species get a look in… They are, apparently, related to Phellodendron (helpful).

On my next visit to the RHS gardens at Wisley (and I hope that is soon), I will make sure to ask in the plant centre and see if I can find out more.