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Polyspora axillaris) - tenderish except in milder counties. This dense growing shrub with dark green leaves produces large saucer-shaped white flowers which could be mistaken for a camellia
Good to know - syn. Polyspora axillaris
Pests & Diseases - none
Place of Origin - China, Vietnam, Taiwan
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
Height - 2m (6ft) or more
Spread - 2m (6ft) or more
Evergreen - elliptic-oblong to inversely lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves to 15cm (6in) long
Medium Shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - bushy shrub. Produces saucer-shaped flowers 8-13cm (3-5in) across
Full Sun - shelter from cold, drying winds
Greenhouse or Conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - use ericaceous (lime-free) compost in bright, filtered light
Partial Shade - dappled shade
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Neutral to acid soil
2m (6ft) or more
2m (6ft) or more
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
SB Plant Invigorator
This is a non-biological non-chemical plant insecticide and mildewcide. Works against the physical motion of the insect. Perfect for all plants and edible crops.
Max/Min Digital Thermometer
Thermometer which displays current temperature in the centre, with Max above and min below. Suitable for use outdoors or in the greenhouse / conservatory. With batteries included