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Azara microphylla (Box-leaf azara)

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2 hours care
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Time to maturity
20-50 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Azara microphylla

Other names: Box-leaf azara

Genus: Azara

Species: A. microphylla - A. microphylla is an elegant, tall, evergreen shrub (or small tree) with arching, pendulous branches. There are masses of tiny, glossy dark green leaves. Flowers are also small, deep yellow, in small clusters from late spring. The scent is a strong, delicious vanilla. Fruits are small red berries, however, they seldom develop.

Azara microphylla is: Evergreen

Flower: Light green, Yellow in Spring; Light green, Yellow in Winter

Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons

Fragrance: The significance of this plant lies in its strong, delicious scent in late winter and early spring.

Habit: Pendulous, Spreading, Tall

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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General care

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Azara microphylla (Box-leaf azara) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 4m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses: City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation: Plant near a door or a path used in the winter to get the most of the vanilla scent.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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