Tristaniopsis laurina 'Elegant' is a slow growing stately tree from Southeastern Australia. It tolerates many soil conditions including sand, low water and wind. The glossy leaves are generally 4 inches long and lance shaped with reddish coloring on the new growth. There are profuse yellow blossoms April through June (photo left was taken in the fall though!). Flowers are fragrant and are followed by small seed pods.
Naturally growing as a multi trunk tree, it forms a dense evergreen canopy over time. Its mottled peeling bark is interesting — new bark is a pale gray underneath. This is a fairly tidy tree (not much litter) and needs only pruning when young to get desired shape. Very disease and pest resistant. The native habitat for this tree is in seasonal damp areas with good drainage. Probably looks best with some dry season water.
45 feet tall
100 + years