• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 8 to 12 ft tall, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:DRY-miss lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Compact, Rounded
    Average landscape size:Reaches 8 to 12 ft tall, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
    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.
    Companion PlantsWeigela (Weigela); Barberry (Berberis); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Japanese Maple (Acer); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers 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:
    <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 shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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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