One can only surmise that the description of Neoshirakia japonica in the Flora of China as “a treelet to 8 metres tall” refers to its diminished stature as a tree. The description from the collecting team in Japan of the parent tree is “a deciduous shrub 8m x 10m.” There are a group of young N. japonica near the west boundary exhibiting deep red autumn colour. The ovate leaves deep vibrant colours. Slow to establish yet worthwhile planting where this colour is appreciated.

Neoshirakia japonica

Neoshirakia japonica