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. Two were planted there in 1987. We are lucky to have these trees as they are 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