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Dendromecon rigida

Tree poppy

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to September
  • Height1.5m to 3m
  • Spread1.5m to 3.5m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourGolden yellow

Description

Dendromecon rigida (Tree poppy). This lovely evergreen shrub can grow to 3m or more tall. It has leathery grey-green leaves to 10cm long. Profuse, poppy-like golden yellow flowers appear in early spring. These are about 8cm across and are lightly fragrant. The subspecies 'harfordii' can grow to a small tree, with a rounded crown to 6m high.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and showy flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Plant against a south or west facing wall in cold areas.

Propagation

Softwood cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn or spring, or by root cuttings in winter.

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