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Whorled Leaf Arrangement
The lemonwood has a whorled leaf arrangement.
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When a tree or shrub has a whorled leaf arrangement, there are at least three leaves at each node. Some can have both opposite and whorled leaves throughout the plant.

Examples of trees and shrubs with a whorled leaf arrangement:

  • Blackboard tree (Alstonia scholaris)
  • Japanese clethra (Clethra barbinervis)
  • Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenioides)
  • Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
  • Redvein enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus)
  • Southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) (sometimes an opposite leaf arrangement)
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