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Mike's Blog - Day 128

Something from Tasmania for you today, dwarf Leatherwood, Eucryphia milliganii.

And here in close-up.

Although “dwarf” this is already about 8ft tall and will make a small tree. Quite a special thing and another one of those things that should not be doing as well as it is. In fact one nursery says:

  • Position: Sheltered in full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: May require protection! Eucryphia milliganii requires a warm position and shelter from cold winter winds and is best in a warm, sunny area.
  • Flowering Period: July - August.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Eucryphia milliganii eventually grows to be a very small, densely branching tree.
    • Height: up to 4 m (16 ft).
    • Spread: 2 m (6 ft).
  • Notes: Prune to shape after flowering if required. Please also note that Eucryphia milliganii can be a fickle and difficult plantsuitable for experienced gardeners onlyAs such, it is not covered by our normal guarantee.

I think the secret is that, like the Australian mint bush (Day 82), it’s on the same dry raised wall, much of the winter wet being taken up by the holly hedge there too. It's certainly a cold spot.

We just planted it with fingers crossed and left it to grow. What more can you do?

Bill's on form today...

Just popped into work as rained off, Claire is chuffed with the bamboo...