Lomatia tinctoria, or the Guitar Plant, is a small, evergreen shrub native to Australia. Growing up to two to five feet tall, this ornamental foliage is best suited for full sun to semi-shade locations, with moderate levels of water. White or off-white flowers appear in late spring, in the form of a loose spikes. The buds, similar in shape to the ensuing woody fruits, are guitar-shaped and leathery to the touch. The leaves are fern-like and pinnately divided into long and slender feathery lobes.
This species is not often cultivated, but is a hardy shrub for temperate climates in zones 7-10. It can withstand extreme dry conditions once established, but performs best with adequate moisture. It can also adapt to a range of soil types, as long as there is proper drainage.
For the best results when planting this species in cold regions, the soil should be well draining and the plant should be given occasional deep waterings. It is best to mulch the pot to provide insulation and help retain moisture in the soil during cold winters. The area should then be monitored in order to ensure that the plant receives enough water during its most vital season. It is also important to provide wind protection and full sun when feasible. With the right environmental conditions and proper care, this plant can be a great ornamental addition to any garden!