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Drimys winteri

Winter's bark

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height2m to 15m
  • Spread8m to 12m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourWhite-green, yellow
  • Leaf ColourBlue green shades

Description

Drimys winteri (Winter's bark). Native to Chile, Mexico and Argentina, grows to a max of 15m but some shrub forms remain under 2m. The handsome lance-shaped leathery leaves to 20cm long are dark green above with a bluish undersurface. It bears large clusters of fragrant multi- petalled, cream flowers from spring to early summer.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Mexico, Chile and Argentina

Interest and use

Specimen Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy but in cold areas they will grow against a south or west facing wall. They will need a sunny position or semi-shade with fertile, moist but well drained soil. Cut out dead or damaged wood in spring.

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings in summer; established plants can be layered.

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