• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 10 to 15 ft tall by 10 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Blooms:
    Late winter to early spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Round
    Average landscape size:Reaches 10 to 15 ft tall by 10 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Late winter to early spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
    Design 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.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. In zone 7 and 8, a spot near a wall or enclosure is recommended, to shelter from cold, harsh winter winds. Prune as needed to shape, ideally just after flowering.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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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