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It's been a very long busy summer...

Postby CJW_Asia » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:57 pm

CJW_Asia
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I am very sorry that I didn't get a chance to post on here during the "summer" and late spring, however I've got some interesting pictures that some of you might find interesting. Also some updates on a few things I have been working on.
I have been involved with one of the local colleges over the past few months teaching a combination of Cambridge AE, IELTS and CLB leveled classes. Combine this with marking and family coming from ROK, the schedule has been crammed full.


Now for some interesting news. (subtropical plants)

I have got a few more plants in my collection now, namely Lycium barbarum, Zanthoxylum schinifolium, Hydrangea serrata (from Bijarim on Jejudo), Persea/Machilus Thunbergii (from Busan) and a very quickly growing Cinnamomum Camphora (now ~3ft tall) from California.
As all of you know we just came through a wickedly cold winter with a prolonged cold spell that lasted well into the first week of April. Though my minimum temperatures didn't fall below -4c, the below 0c temps certainly stuck around for far longer than normal and as such there was some damage done to things that I normally don't see damage on.. I lost my some of my bananas even though they were insulated. :(
I had cold burn on some of the leaves on my 15ft Cinnamomum septentrionale tree.
(Cinnamomum inunctum (Nees) Meissn. var. albosericeum gamble)

However, there were some major surprises. Both the Cinnamomum camphora and the P.thunbergii thrived, and with the summer heat grew amazingly fast.
Neither plant had any damage on them.
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My large accidental tree. Cinnamomum septentrionale ( Cinnamomum inunctum (Nees) Meissn. var. albosericeum gamble)

This tree now requires spring pruning as it is so large. trunk caliper is 5.5" diameter. 4gal size to this in about 6 years. hard pruning forces the tree to produce breathtakingly fragrant red/bronzy foliage. The bark when rubbed smells distinctly of camphor and safrole oil.
(very medicinal)
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P.thunbergii (formerly machilus) seed from 2014 in Busan
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C.camphora growing very well . 1 m in height now. This is a super duper pungent tree. All parts smell strongly of camphor even when lightly rubbed.
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Re: It's been a very long busy summer...

Postby CJW_Asia » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:27 pm

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More pictures from my yard. :D
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Szechuan pepper tree with very nasty thorns.. This is also a very strong smelling tree that contains a significant %age of piperdine alkaloids. To give you an idea of the smell... imagine lemongrass with a hint of pepper to it. This one is originally from Yunnan PRC and grown on the lower mainland. The flavour is very aromatically hot and goes directly to the sinuses! You can also just see a couple of Camphor leaves protruding into the shot. .... The raised bed is getting kind of full now. I am going to have to transplant the camphor soon (carefully) as it is quickly outgrowing the bed.
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bananas don't look so good.... palms are all doing well.
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After the summer heat. C.Septentrionale. looking through the second story window.
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Re: It's been a very long busy summer...

Postby CJW_Asia » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:40 pm

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More photos.
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Cinnamomum japonicum loaded with seeds this year. Seeds are far larger now than in this photo. They are almost ready to be harvested. ~ in a couple more weeks.
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Tracycarpus fortunei and T.fortunei var. Winsan
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Albizia julibrissin. This year for whatever reason the flowers were highly scented. perfumy. I've never noticed this before.
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Re: It's been a very long busy summer...

Postby CJW_Asia » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:55 pm

CJW_Asia
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Location: (at present) Victoria B.C (Seoul, Korea)
Climate Zone: USDA Z9a
Final post for my yard.
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Hydrangea serrata from Jejudo (Bijarim) This "tree/large shrub" is used to make Isul-cha (korea), or amacha (in Japan). This plant contains a potent sweetener called phyllodulcin an dihydroisocoumarin. It is 400-800x sweeter than cane sugar with no side effects. The leaves of this plant can be dried/ slightly ferment and turn black. Once black and dried the leaves are steeped in hot water for 5-10 minutes and consumed.

Hydrangea macrophylla can also be used to produce tea as well.
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