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EvergreenNarrowly ovate, boldly-veined, glossy leaves to 10cm (4in), red-tinted when young, then rich-green.
TreeErect to spreading habit. Flowers are small, bowl-shaped and borne in clusters 5-7cm (2-3in) across followed by black berries.
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouseTolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
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Additional FeaturesMedicinal propertiesFleshy fruit is grown for its spicy flavouring and used in traditional medicine. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy.Pests & DiseasesScale insects under glass.Place of originTropical areas of eastern and southeastern Asia.
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot 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 winterLoam based compost, plenty of light but shade from hot sun.
HardinessTender (greenhouse & conservatory)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Scented PlantsScented foliage
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Tree ShapeBroadly columnar
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