Drimys lanceolataItem #5061 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
A true garden aristocrat, this refined evergreen shrub is a great specimen or formal hedge plant for mild climate gardens. The oval-shaped, deep green leaves are held along beautiful red young stems. Creamy yellow-green perfumed blossoms enhance the distinctive foliage. Leaves and berries may be used to add a spicy, peppery flavor to foods.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 8 to 12 ft tall, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:DRY-miss lan-see-oh-LAY-tuhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundAverage landscape size:Reaches 8 to 12 ft tall, 4 to 8 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Late Winter to Early SpringFlower color:YellowFlower attributesFragrantDesign IdeasThis distinctive evergreen shrub lends a refined elegance to the garden. Planted in mass as a foundation plant, the glossy foliage will provide a wonderful background to shorter flowering shrubs. Striking dark red stems and leaf petioles stand out especially when grouped with red or burgundy-leaved companions. Attractive as a single specimen shrub, it also takes well to pruning into a formal hedge.Companion PlantsWeigela (Weigela); Barberry (Berberis); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Japanese Maple (Acer); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)
- CareCare InformationPrefers moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to develop an extensive root system. Tolerates brief drought, once established. In zone 7 and 8, a sheltered location is recommended, to protect from cold, harsh winter winds. Prune as needed to shape, ideally just after flowering.Pruning time: summer.Light Needs:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This cousin of the Chilean native Drimys winteri, this species originates from Tasmania, an island southeast of mainland Australia. Monrovia-grown Drimy's lanceolata are thought to be male and are cutting-grown, from stock selected from original seedlings from Dan Hinkley.Lore:Drimys lancolata is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are produced on separate plants. Female plants require a nearby male plant for pollination in order to produce berries. The aboriginals of its native habitat as well as colonists found the dried fruit of Drimys lancolata to be a perfect substitute for pepper, and it is still used widely for that purpose today. Though colloquially referred to as Tasmanian Pepper, Monrovia's selection is not likely to produce berries.
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