A large evergreen species from Mexico, though no doubt smaller here, with leaves up to 20cm long, toothed only towards the apex. The new growth colour is particularly beautiful, being deep maroon tinted, but also overlain with the merest glaucous satiny sheen - a truly lovely combo. Extremely hardy in Texas, down to -15c, but needing Texan heat to achieve this. Also a great success at Tregrehan, Cornwall, where there is no summer heat, but mild winters. This should be very successful in London for example, with the extra heat and relatively mild winters.