The Wynkcoombe Arboretum
Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. aspleniifolia
Catalina Ionwood
Botanical Name: Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. aspleniifolia
Common Name: Catalina Ionwood
Country of Origin: Islands off California, USA
Introduced Date: 1900
Planted Date: 28 April 2002
Original Cost: not recorded
Supplier Name: Architectural Plants, Pulborough
Tree Register Status: There is only 1 West Sussex tree on the record at Architectural Plants, Nuthurst
Tree Location: Arboretum area: G OS grid reference: TQ 01794 18880
A tender evergreen tree, the only species in its genus.
There are however two subspecies of which 'aspleniifolia' is one and 'floribundus' the other.
The red bark is striking, and is even more so if the old bark is carefully stripped off.
The leaves are almost fern like and unlike those of any other tree grown in this country.
A very unusual tree, which is only just hardy enough to be worth trying in a very protected site.
The W.A specimen has however reached 7m without any serious setbacks.
N.W Smith December 2018