Common name: Kago-No-Ki
Actinodaphne lancifolia is a small evergreen tree in the Laurel family. You can find this native of southern Japan and Korea growing in the Fern Dell in bed 128. It was planted there in 1987 and is the only one in VanDusen. We are lucky to have this tree as it is rare in botanical gardens. In Japan it is called ‘deer calf tree’ (Kago-No-Ki) because of the texture of its bark. A perfect common name for a subtle and graceful tree.
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Text and photos by Hughie Jones