MELICYTUS crassifolius

Thick green leaves and small flowers, later white fruits. Native to New Zealand. Thrives in sandy or rocky soils. Dislikes heavy wet soil
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Obovate to oblong-elliptic, leathery, dark green leaves to 2cm (¾in) long
  • Semi-evergreen
    Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
  • Yellow
  • Height
    1.2m (4ft)
  • Spread
    1.2m (4ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Densely branched, twiggy and often slightly spiny shrub. Produces tiny flowers followed by ovoid, purple berries 5mm (¼in) across
  • Hardy - average winter
    Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
    Borderline
  • Full sun
    Protect from cold, drying winds

MELICYTUS crassifolius

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Needs long, hot summers to flower well
    Pests & Diseases
    Trouble free
    Place of origin
    New Zealand
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Australian / New Zealand
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
    Borderline
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Obovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Scented Plants
    Scented foliage
    Sweetly fragrant
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil
    Moderately fertile
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1.2m (4ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1.2m (4ft)
 

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