Evodia daniellii seed
Evodia daniellii, commonly called evodia or bee bee, is native to Korea and southwestern . It is a deciduous tree with a rounded, spreading, umbrella-shaped habit. It typically grows to 25-30’ (less frequently to 50’) tall and as wide. Small, fragrant, white (sometimes tinged yellow or pink) flowers bloom in flattened corymbs (to 4-6” wide) in July-August. Flowers are loved by honey bees and bloom in abundance at a time when few other trees are in . Flowers give way to reddish-purple pods that split open when ripe. Each pod contains two, shiny black seeds. Pods remain on the tree from late August to November. Birds are attracted to the seed. Opposite, pinnately compound leaves (to 18” long), each with 7-11 ovate glossy dark green leaflets (2-5” long), retain good color throughout the growing season. Fall color is generally absent, with the leaves typically dropping when green or yellowish-green. Smooth gray bark. This tree is in the same family as Zanthoxylum americanum. Easily grown in consistently moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Good small lawn tree. Woodland gardens. Hardy in zones 4-8.