• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; to 10 ft. with age.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:el-ee-o-CAR-pus dee-SIP-i-enz
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; to 10 ft. with age.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA versatile evergreen shrub for warmer climates that makes the perfect all purpose foliage background. Lightly sheared plants are useful in formal gardens but left alone they are solid naturalistic masses for tropical appearing landscapes. Dense foliage produces excellent hedge at any height, but will produce a useful visual screen along side yards, to add privacy to spa areas or to mask utility yards. Superb glossy background for beds and borders Makes a lush year-round cover up of utilities and vents in foundation beds.
    Companion PlantsKohuhu (Pittosporum); Ixora (Ixora); Mexican Hardy Petunia (Ruellia); Azalea (Azalea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.
    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
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is the signature genus of the Elaeocarpaceae, which includes more than 60 species of trees native to the tropics and warmer regions of the Old World. This is a major forest species in Asia that has become central to Monrovia's Shogun Series of cultivars. This exclusive cultivar was discovered at the Azusa nursery by Monrovia's Propagation Coach, Andy Proud.
    Lore:
    Seeds of this genus have been used as traditional rosary beads known as Rudraksha, which is derived from the Sanskrit for "eyes of the lord". It is said that twenty four different types sprang from the eyes of the Hindu god, Shiva.