Botanical name: Azara microphylla
Other names: Box-leaf 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: Yellow, Light green in Spring; Yellow, Light green 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)
Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
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
Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)
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Companion planting: This plant has had its best by the time spring really arrives, so combine it with later flowering climbers, such as jasmine, honeysuckle or clematis.
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I have bought an Azara after reading an article in The Times. Although it will get very tall eventually, I wonder how spreading the roots will be. I have actually planted it next to our house where it is sheltered and we will enjoy its perfume. However, my husband is concerned that the roots will eventually undermine our foundations....
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