Litsea sp., Litsea

Litsea sp.

Family: Lauraceae
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeShadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterUnusual colorEthnomedical plant.
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This species is native to China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan and other parts of East Asia. It is grown for its aromatic leaves and fruits, and for its ethnomedical uses. The wood of Litsea is used for carpentry and construction. The seeds can be used as a food.

Litsea can be grown from seeds, and is quite easy to grow. They need protection from strong winds and require semi-shade or full sun. They need regular water, but not excessive. Some Litsea species need very little water once they are established. In cold regions, it is best to grow them in pots as they are very frost sensitive.

These large shrubs or small trees can reach 5 to 10 feet in height and are a great choice for landscaping gardens, as they have an unusual color and a nice fragrance. Litsea is also very popular for its ethnomedical and calming properties.

This species grows best in USDA zones 9-11, but can also tolerate zone 8 with caution. It can reach maturity in just 4-7 years with proper care and cultivation. The plant needs well-drained soil, good quality compost and regular water. Pruning can be done in the fall to maintain its shape and size.

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