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Eucryphia cordifolia

ulmo

An evergreen, broad columnar tree or large shrub eventually reaching up to around 15-20m tall. Leathery textured, oblong, dull green leaves with downy grey undersides have shallowly-toothed margins; fragrant, white flowers, 4-5cm across are borne from late summer into autumn

Other common names
ulmo
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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Clay
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer White Green Grey Silver
Autumn White Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Partial shade
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Cunoniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright, Bushy
Genus

Eucryphia can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple or pinnate leaves and solitary bowl-shaped white flowers in the leaf axils in summer or autumn

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Central Chile to SW Argentina

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a position sheltered from cold, drying winds in full sun or partial shade, but with the roots shaded from hot sun and in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained neutral or acidic soil

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, and overwinter young plants in a cool greenhouse

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1 or pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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