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Commonly known as Parchment bark
EvergreenOblong, leathery leaves, 2.5-6cm (1-2½in) long, have rolled margins and are deep green above, white- to brown-felted beneath
Tall ShrubErect and bushy shrub or small tree. Produces nodding, flowers singly or in small, axillary clusters followed by dark red seed capsules 1cm (½in) or more across
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)Use loam-based compost (JI No. 3 ) in full light
Will grow outside in milder locationsThis 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.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowA shrub for a sheltered site in southern and western maritime counties. Very tolerant of pruningPests & DiseasesLeaf spot, powdery mildewPlace of originAustralia (New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania)Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeBell/LanternBell-shaped 1cm (½in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New Zealand
HardinessTender (greenhouse & conservatory)
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 flowersHighly fragrant
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Tree ShapeBroadly columnar