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Drimys winteri AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Cream and White in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Winter's bark

Family

Winteraceae


Drimys are evergreen trees and shrubs with attractive, aromatic, leathery leaves and terminal clusters of small, star-shaped flowers

D. winteri is a spreading evergreen large shrub or tree with glossy oblong leaves glaucous beneath, and terminal clusters of fragrant creamy-white flowers in early summer

Other common names

  • Winter cinnamon

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free