, Snapdragon Tree, is flowering for the first time. It was grown from seed in 2003 and planted out in April 2004, about 3ft tall. It is a fast growing tree and is now about 40ft tall. It can reach 50-70 ft tall and has large cordate leaves and that can be up to 8 inches across. It goes bare in late winter and begins flowering in early spring. Gmelina arborea
is a member of the Lamiaceae Family (mint), formerly Verbenaceae (which is now lumped into Lamiaceae). It is native to a wide region of SE Asia, from India to Yunnan, China and down to Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is valued in its native lands for timber, medicinal use, and the leaves as food for a certain silkworm. The tree is also called White Teak because of its valued lumber.