7 responses to “Melliodendron xylocarpum”

  1. Douglas Justice

    A beautiful image of a rare, spectacular plant we’re calling Chinese parasol storax. Melliodendron xylocarpum–the name means something like woody fruited honey tree–is, according to the 1998 book “Rare and Precious Plants of China,” native to China’s southern provinces at between 500 and 1500 metres. Not an elevation to give much confidence in its cold hardiness, but because it has wintered here completely unscathed since planting (1996), I suspect that it had a more extensive historical range. Melliodendron is in Styracaceae (storax or snowbell family) and monotypic (a single species in the genus) and is probably closely related to Rehderodendron and Sinojackia, both of which have similar ribbed, woody fruits.
    This is the third or fourth year that Melliodendron has flowered at UBC. Thankfully, we have 7 individuals–all planted in 1996, all, we assume from the same seed lot (the plants came to us from a commercial supplier)–and the one pictured, which is our finest specimen, will be spared the now constant crush of traffic when the others start flowering more prolifically.

  2. Johnie Massie

    These plants are gorgeous and the photos are so crisp and clear. UBC has unusual plants and I have book marked this site so I can return to it. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful web site.


    I would like to know how big are your melliodendron specimens (height and width) and in how many years they grew up to this size. How big were they planted?
    I thank you very much beforehand
    Jean-François DEWILDE, garden-architect, creating at the moment a Styracaceae garden.

  4. Dan

    A fantastic site, and brilliant effort. A great piece of work.

  5. Debbie Bailey

    I have one in my yard.
    I bought it about 5 years ago at an arboretum sale.
    Do you know anything about them?

  6. Wendy L Cutler

    So it all started with Melliodendron, my favourite tree (I’m a little fickle with that statement, but I’ve said it quite recently about this one). BPotD was a great idea from the get-go, and it’s interesting how little it has changed in 13 years, except for the addition of photos from the Flickr group and entries written by the students.

    I’m avoiding doing my taxes, have gone through all the entries taken at UBCBG. Thanks for adding that Archives by Garden.

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