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common name: Winter's Bark
synonyms: Drimys aromatica, Wintera aromatica
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
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.
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.
From seed or semi-ripe, heeled cuttings
The bark is used for medicinal purposes.
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