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Variegated Box-Leaf Azara

Azara microphylla 'Variegata'

Tiny evergreen leaves, broadly variegated with creamy white, accentuate the graceful form of this choice selection. Arching branches bear clusters of tiny, intensely scented flowers, exuding a white chocolate-like fragrance. An outstanding choice as a small tree, effortless espalier, or container specimen.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationah-ZAIR-ruh my-kroh-FIL-uh var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring; followed by orange berries late summer into fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Spikenard (Aralia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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