Drimys lanceolataItem #5061 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
A true aristocrat of the garden, this refined, evergreen shrub is a great specimen 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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 10 to 15 ft tall by 10 ft. wide.
- DetailPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundAverage landscape size:Reaches 10 to 15 ft tall by 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Late winter to early spring.Flower 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 Bush (Cotinus); Japanese Maple (Acer); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)
- CareCare InformationPrefers 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - 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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