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Eucryphia glutinosa

Eucryphia Glutinosa

See it on the path down from the visitors centre towards the herbaceous borders.

A fabulous sight in late summer, Eucryphia glutinosa, is a large shrub or small tree (depending on your point of view) originating from Chile and was introduced into the UK in 1859. As an added bonus its glossy dark green leaves turn orange and red in autumn.

It has the rather bizarre common name of Brush Bush.  At a guess the name probably refers to the flowers which have lots of stamens and could resemble a brush. Either way the bees love them!

Fairly upright in habit it make a good specimen in larger gardens, eventually growing to about 8 metres. It grows best in a sheltered but sunny location on any soils except those that are waterlogged and rich in lime. Generally pest and disease free and requires no pruning.

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AGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information

 

 

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