38. Tabu-no-ki Tree

This Japanese evergreen tree apparently has no common name in English. It is in the Laurel family and is a great favorite in Japan for a variety of uses including as an ornamental and a source of an incense ingredient. It becomes a large tree. It grows well in Aiken and in similar warm climates but is uncommon in this country. This specimen was received from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. They had collected it in China and originally called it Machilus ulmoides but no such name exists among the many species in eastern Asia.