Tina’s choice…Azara Microphylla ‘Variegata’
When you enter the green door into the Frameyard, you are immediately met with a wonderful smell of vanilla. Straight in front of you is a fabulous shrub/small tree and it’s called Azara Microphylla ‘Variegata’.
I think it looks quite elegant and I particularly like its shape. It’s a perfect specimen. An evergreen shrub/tree, it has glossy, green simple leaves in unequal pairs, broadly edged with cream and it has tiny vanilla-scented, yellow flowers in late winter or early spring, occasionally followed by dull orange berries .
Now is your chance to appreciate this beautiful shrub with its wonderful aroma. It’s ultimate height can reach 4 to 8 meters with an ultimate spread of 2.5 meters in 20 to 50 years. It favours a sheltered position in sun or partial shade and can be propagated from semi hardwood cuttings in the summer. It’s generally pest and disease free and makes a wonderful addition to any formal or cottage style garden.
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Photo of full size tree: Tina O’S.
Photos of leaf and flower details: Edwina C.