This species was previously featured on BPotD and again here. Today’s photo is undoubtedly from a different specimen. Daphniphyllum macropodum is dioecious. The magenta buds in this image will open into male flowers–berries will not form on this plant. The bright yellow-green emergence of new leaves contrasted with the magenta bracts and flower buds makes for a striking spring show.
This large evergreen shrub is native to China, Japan and Korea. It is not common in cultivation, but makes a good structural evergreen for shade. The plants are varied and can grow as tall as 20 metres, but heights of 3 to 6 metres are what we see here at UBC Botanical Garden. Several need to be planted close together if the beautiful blue fruit is desired.