Magnificent in full autumn colour Lindera obtusiloba has turned evenly butter rich yellow. The exception being the red leaf petioles which are seen when looking closer at this spectacular example of an Asian shrub. Native to China, Japan and Korea, first introduced in 1880 by Charles Maries who collected for James Veitch and sons of Chelsea. The leaves when torn exude a scent of distilled gin. Keep the torn leaf clasped and when the warmth from the hand has permeated it appreciate the aroma of apple. Make the most of this transient scene as like a Banksy at auction the wind can shred the foliage in a moment and the beauty disappears until a year hence.
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