These Neolitsea aciculata are fairly new, on Upper Asian Way. The label says they were accessioned in 2013, but they spent some time in the nursery. They're new to me anyway. I would have to learn some more botanical terms to distinguish these from Neolitsea sericea, which I've posted often because I like it a lot, particularly in the spring. I see on Neolitsea in Flora of China @ efloras.org that there are a lot of Neolitsea, but the triplinerved leaf base and the hairy abaxial surface of young leaves takes me pretty directly to: "Leaf blade with golden yellow or pale yellow sericeous hairs abaxially", and then to "Leaf blade shortly acuminate at apex, acumen obtuse; fruit globose" for N. sericea. To work my way to N. aciculata, I pass through "Leaf blade falcate-acuminate, acuminate, or abruptly acute at apex, acumen not obtuse; fruit ellipsoid" "Young branchlets hairy" "Midrib and lateral veins elevated adaxially on leaf blade; umbel 6-flowered" "Leaf blade lateral veins 2-6 pairs, lowermost pair arising from base or a little above base and extending to above middle of blade" "Leaf blade smaller, mostly less than 10 cm, largest not over 13 cm" "Young branchlets, leaf blade abaxially, and petioles with pubescence; petiole often more than 10 mm" "Fruit obovoid-ellipsoid or ellipsoid to ovoid" (of course, I have no idea, so it's a good thing I know where I'm heading) ending at "Leaf blade lanceolate or obovate-lanceolate, pubescent abaxially when old; rudimentary pistil densely hairy." Maybe someone could tell me if "acumen obtuse" are pointer tips or less pointy. They look pretty similar to me, but I seem to have mostly stayed away from leaf tips on N. sericea. I'll do something about that.