This attractive deciduous tree can be seen in full flower on the Main Lawn.
Carrierea calycina is a member of the willow family, Salicaceae, and is named in honour of the French botanist Elie Abel Carriére (1816 – 1896). It originates from central and western China, and was introduced to our gardens in 1908 by Ernest Wilson. It has a wide, spreading habit, and alternate, glossy leaves which are toothed and cordate (heart-shaped), with red petioles (stalks). The terminal inflorescences carry approximately ten cup-shaped, creamy-white, scented flowers. After flowering it produces curved, spindle-shaped fruits which resemble goats’ horns, and give rise to the common Chinese name of goat horn tree. Despite it’s attractive appearance this species is something of a rarity in cultivation, and can be shy to flower.