Okay…everybody increase your hand in case you’ve grown Mytilaria laosensis. This odd monotypic genus, native from Southern China to Laos, is first cousin to the additionally nearly unknown genus Exbucklandia, each within the Witch Hazel household, Hamamelidaceae . Since we’ve had our Exbucklandia within the floor since 1997, we although it was value making an attempt its cousin.
Our Mytilaria is Dan Hinkley’s assortment from Huanan…most likely the primary accession within the nation. Dan has really by no means put one within the floor and informed me that it might actually die once we hit 27F. Properly, we’ve dropped to 25 up to now, and it nonetheless seems to be nice, so we’ve already pushed the envelope. We actually don’t know what temperatures it’s going to take, however that’s why we trial vegetation. Because the late JC Raulston used to say, “Except you’re killing vegetation, you’re not rising as a gardener.”