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botanical name:
Drimys winteri
Drimys winteri © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Winter's Bark
synonyms:  Drimys aromatica, Wintera aromatica
family:  Winteraceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 8.00m
width: 2.50m
growth rate:
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
description:
Evergreen tree or large multi-stemmed shrub. Glossy dark green, leathery leaves up to 20cm long. Clusters of delicately fragrant creamy-white flowers in spring, later followed by blue-black fruits. The reddish-brown bark is strongly aromatic when dried.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained lime-free soil in sun or part shade. Not very hardy and in cool areas might be best grown against a warm wall.

propagation:
From seed or semi-ripe, heeled cuttings

usage:
The bark is used for medicinal purposes.

other notes:
From the southern parts of Chile and Argentina

Contact with the sap can cause irritation, especially to the eyes.

pronounced: DRIM-is WIN-ter-eye

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