Azara lanceolata

5 Sep

Azara lanceolata Spring Flowering (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Azara lanceolata Spring Flowering (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 5m

Eventual Spread: 5m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Salicaceae

Azara lanceolata Flower (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Azara lanceolata Flower (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Azara lanceolata is an evergreen shrub with lax habit. Its dark green leaves are lanceolate to elliptic with serrate margins, up to 7cm long and 2cm broad. Its fragrant yellow hermaphrodite flowers appear in clusters and are up to 2cm across. Its pink fruit is a berry and up to 6mm across.

Azara lanceolata, commonly known as the Narrow Leaf Azara, is native to Argentina and Chile. In its native habitat it grows in marshes bogs, river and lake banks.

Azara lanceolata (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Azara lanceolata (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Azara is named after Félix de Azara (1746 – 1821), a Spanish geographer. Lanceolata is derived from the Latin lancea ’a light spear’ or ‘lance’ referring to the leaves of this shrub.

The landscape architect may find Azara lanceolata useful as a medium sized, evergreen spring flowering shrub with interesting berries and is suitable for acidic soils.

Azara lanceolata Berries (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Azara lanceolata Berries (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Azara lanceolata flowers are attractive to nectar loving insects.

Azara lanceolata prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It prefers a neutral to acid pH of soil.

Azara lanceolata requires little maintenance.

Azara lanceolata Leaf (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Azara lanceolata Leaf (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)



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