Shade loving Forest Bushwillows are described as medium to large trees, but they can get enormous at Ferncliffe. There is one ancient that has survived incarceration in the twilight world of the bamboo forest for unknown decades, and dwarfs most other trees in the pilot sites.
They’re charmers too. In spring, they sprout new leaves that can appear almost silvery white at a distance, like a halo. These are then swapped for bright green foliage. Summer is the time of seed dispersal, when drifts of four-winged ochre fruits can be found all around the big trees. And in winter, they convert ordinary leaves into flaming red odes to warmer days, as if they’ve stashed summer somewhere deep within.