Common name: Mayten tree
This tree is often overlooked because it is evergreen and has insignificant blooms in May, but it is a graceful addition to this garden bed dedicated to summer and fall bulbs, giving it multi-seasonal interest. It is native to South America and has some valuable uses. The oil extracted from its seeds is used in varnish, and its hard wood is made into such things as tool handles. Best of all, European bees make delicious honey from its flowers, of which there are male and female on the same tree, clustered at the base of leaves near the stem. If you return to the Garden in May, you might see them!
February/March 2020 Self-guided Tour
Contributor: Vivien Clarke