Eucryphia sp., Eucryphia, Leatherwood

Eucryphia sp.

Eucryphia, Leatherwood
Family: Cunoniaceae    (Formerly:Eucryphiaceae)
Origin: South America, Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

The Eucryphia sp. is a small tree native to South America and Australia, growing to 10-20 ft in height. It is an evergreen shrub to small tree with a dense, spreading crown and a slow to medium growth rate. The lance-shaped to elliptic, dark green leaves are 3-5 inches long, glossy on the upper surface and paler on the underside. Foliage has a pleasant, mild odor when crushed.

This plant blooms with mass of fragrant, white to off-white flowers in the summer. The 2-3 inch flower clusters appear at the tips of the branches and are particularly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Fruit are leathery capsules, 1/3 inch long, containing one or two seeds.

The Eucryphia sp. is hardy to USDA Zone 9-11 and can tolerate temperatures down to 20F. These trees prefer well-drained, moist soil and a location in semi-shade to full sun. It will grow with moderate water or regular watering but must be protected from wind.

Eucryphia sp. is an attractive and easily cultivated plant, perfect for a small garden. It is also well suited for container growing in cold regions, requiring extra protection from strong winds. Keep the soil moist and fertilize during the growing season for best results. A thick layer of mulch around the base of the tree helps maintain moisture levels and moderate soil temperatures. This can be achieved with a combination of organic and inorganic materials, such as bark chips and stones. With the proper care, the Eucryphia sp. is sure to bring beauty and fragrance to your landscape!

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