And here is another charming but underutilized tree. It is a native of Korea and southwestern China and is called Korean evodia, bee bee tree, or Tetradium daniellii. This is a smallish, deciduous tree that  typically grows to 25-30 feet tall and as wide, which is just big enough for most any garden. Its rounded form is elegant and makes for an excellent, small shade tree. But, of course, there's more to it than form, because in late summer, small, white-tinged pink flowers bloom in flattened clusters up to 6 inches wide. These flowers bloom when few other trees are in flower and are loved by honey bees, and they will perfume your summer garden. Following this fragrant and pretty display comes the production of ornamental, red to black fruits which will be eagerly gobbled up by the birds. And finally the foliage is as handsome as an ash, with compound leaves to 18 inches long consisting of 7 to 11 glossy, dark-green leaflets. Fall color is a good clear yellow.
Tetradium would be ideal near a deck or patio, as a shade tree or specimen or as a boulevard tree. It is trouble-free and pest and disease free and has rapid growth in its early years. It will thrive in moist, reasonably fertile, well-drained soil in full sun and can also tolerate some light shade. It has a vast range and is very cold tolerant. In North America it grows from Lower Canada almost to the Gulf coast of the United States. It does exceedingly well in the UK and is suited for much of temperate Australia and New Zealand.

Korean evodia


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