Cover Photo: An image of a Fukien Tea Tree against a light pink background. On the right side of the tree we see the growth of green leaves. A white flower grows from a branch into the left, surrounded by branches.
Photograph by Horia Varlan/Flickr

My Grandfather and the Fukien Tea Tree: A Botanical History

I added it to the list of things off-limits: questions about the past, the wars, why my grandparents had fled China for Taiwan. Why eventually they left that place too.

Ehretia microphylla

Don’t touch it

were shaped amid ideas of colonialism and apartheid.

Chinese travelogues too muchia handsome; he grow only a leete and a leete everyday.

Ehretia microphyllaCarmona retusa

Author and Environmental Historian. Books: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019; forthcoming in the US/Canada 2020). Founding editor at The Willowherb Review. @jessicajlee on Twitter and Instagram. More at: jessicajleewrites.com