Finally another evergreen broadleaf tree that can grow in zone eight! We have so few, and people seem to need them, to want them. It’s hard with frozen temperatures and snow and ice to keep big, green leaves green. Conifers are better at that job. But we do have the rhododendron, and Pieris japonica, not really trees, but sometimes they grow to tree height (Wikipedia says this is at least 3 meters). The evergreen magnolia can grow in the Northwest, but regularly gets broken branches during heavy snows. Maybe deciduous trees are smarter, new clothes every spring! Here is the Wheel Tree or the Cartwheel Tree or just cut to the chase: Trochodendron araloides. A tree with a circular theme, it is native to the mountains of Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Uncommon, at our nursery we have only one, and that was hard to find. I’m looking forward to seeing how it fares in the winter.
Just the Facts
Height 3m, Width 2m
Full sun to part shade
Moist, well-drained soil
Neutral to acid soil
Shelter from cold, drying winds
Slow growing, resents transplanting.