Azara

Azara microphylla

Azara - Azara microphylla

Common Name: Azara
Genus: Azara
Species: microphylla

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Provides winter colour, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Any sun level or shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Green, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: February to April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Other Features: Pale mauve or white berries may form after hot summers

This upright evergreen plant can be grown as either a small tree or large shrub, but is especially effective when trained flat against a wall. It is tolerant of quite heavy shade and this makes it invaluable for those tricky spots where little else will grow. Its very dark green leaves provide interest throughout the year and in late winter it produces tiny greenish-yellow flower clusters which seem to be tucked into the join between the leaf and the stem. The flowers are far from showy but they have a delicious vanilla scent that will fill the air with their perfume. The hardiest of the all the Azaras it originates from woodland margins in Chile and Argentina but will still appreciate some protection from icy winds in winter.

Garden Care: Cut back flowered shoots immediately after flowering if it outgrows its allotted space.