A plant thats name is probably better known for a byproduct than the plant itself , Eucryphia are commonly known as ‘Leatherwoods’. Although species are found both in Australia and South America it is the Australian species that are widely used.
Eucryphia Lucida, Moorei and Wilkei or ‘Leatherwood’ are a fantastic autumn flowering upright medium sized tree. Best known as the Tasmanian Leatherwood, these are the trees that give their name to the honey.
Not all species are form Australia, some are also found in Chile. Large open white flowers are very attractive and in a cool to temperate climate they make a useful landscaping tree. Interestingly they are increasingly popular in the UK and Europe.
A medium sized rainforest tree, generally as an understory tree in open forest areas, so cooler conditions suit. Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’ produces masses of white, showy flowers that have a sweet scent. ‘Eucryphia lucida pink cloud’ is a summer flowering small tree with lovely pink flowers highly perfumed.
- Humus rich moist soil.
- Cool to temperate climate.
- Best in part shade although will grow in full sun. Shelter from strong winds is recommended.
- Excellent for attracting bees into the garden
- These are a plant that can be pruned to size and can be grown in a container as a small to medium shrub.