The Teddington Gardener

Tetradium glabrifolium var glaucum. So there!

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!

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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.

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