• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing; reaches 18 to 25 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide in 10 years.
    Key Feature:
    Graceful Evergreen Specimen
    Blooms:
    Mid to Late Winter
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Columnar
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 18 to 25 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide in 10 years.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid to Late Winter
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Spikenard (Aralia); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil but adaptable to varied soil conditions. Thrives in cooler coastal gardens with consistent moisture; suffers from harsh sun exposure in hot inland locations. Provide shelter from cold, drying winds. Responds well to pruning; prune in late winter or early spring after flowering.
    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).
    Filtered to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Azara microphylla is native to Argentina and Chile, and was introduced to North America for cultivation in the mid-1800's.
    Lore:
    Cultivated for its edible fruit in Chile.

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