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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In Plantsman’s Favourites -

Plants with de­cent ev­er­green fo­liage are al­ways use­ful, par­tic­u­larly in win­ter when the bulk of the gar­den is rest­ing, and this Ja­panese sil­ver tree is one of the best. Its siz­able, el­lip­ti­cal leaves are at­trac­tively pat­terned with prom­i­nent veins, and the un­der­sides are sil­ver with a golden lus­tre. In spring, new leaves, with the ap­pear­ance and feel of golden silk, un­furl from sharp­pointed golden buds. The gold coat­ing fades as the leaves ma­ture turn­ing olive green. Best planted in a shel­tered po­si­tion pro­tected from north east­er­lies. Height 8m. Ori­gin China, Japan, Korea and Tai­wan. Con­di­tions Shel­tered po­si­tion and shade tol­er­ant; any good gar­den soil. Har­di­ness RHS H5, USDA 8a-11. Sea­son Year-round.

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