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Dear All, I mentioned in my blog a while ago a Camelia-like

Tokyo, Japan Jp

Dear All,

I mentioned in my blog a while ago a Camelia-like/Laurel-like tree I found in our woods. It is about 20-25ft high. Below are some pictures of the leaves, trunk and overall shape. The trunk has a slightly silvery grey hue. I now realize it is not a Camelia, but I haven't the faintest idea what it is - any help identifying it is welcome. It may well be indigenous to Japan. Kind regards, ptarotuos

On plant Please identify this evergreen waxy-leafed tree

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Hmm, maybe a Ternstroemeria? The leaves seem to remind me of that.

3 Dec, 2010


Dear Tugbrethil, thanks for this. I've been googling based on your suggestion, and it's got me round to Mokkoku (Japanese for a type of Ternstroemeria). Seems there are some different types etc, but I'm sure I can narrow it down easily now. Seems to be a specimen of 40 + years, or in a situation it really likes! Rgs, ptarotuos

4 Dec, 2010


I think the leaves are too thin (not solid and rubbery enough), and too pointed at the tips for ternstroemia. Worthy

4 Dec, 2010


Quick update. A little further research, and I'm now quite convinced it is an Osmanthus of some kind. So really hoping for a mass of scented flowers. Tbs, ptarotuos

18 Jun, 2011


Mmmm... that would smell heavenly!

18 Jun, 2011

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