The family Euphorbiaceae is more usually associated with the warmth of home at Christmas time when Poinsettias are the house plant of choice. Mallotus japonicus is also a member of the family reaching tree like proportions in a sheltered site. Originating from The south west corner of the lodge house at the east gate is suiting it admirably.
The simple, deciduous, deeply veined leaves are well shaped. Expanding from the bud covered in brown felt. It is the long slender red leaf stalk that adds interest to this plant. Terminal flower spikes carrying a multitude of small insignificant cream flowers appear at this time of year. The wood is pithy and as shoots mature a lenticel pattern forms on the bark.
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