Originally from South America tree Drimys winteri (Winter’s Bark) is known for its strongly scented bark. The bark itself was used for medicinal purposes, however it is as a winter flowering ornamental that it earns its place in the garden. Attractive bark and nice small white flowers are two of the the features
A small to medium sized evergreen tree Winter’s Bark can grow to 10m however in cultivation it is usually much smaller. Long flowering and fragrant, attractive foliage and excellent in those difficult shady spots in the garden, it also makes a great background tree.
Prefers a well drained humus rich soil, full sun to part shade.
Mulch well around the plants to maintain moisture and a cool root run. Water well through the first summers, however once established, if it is grown in shade this is a remarkably hardy tree. some extra water during long dry summers may be needed.
Other Species include :
- Drimys lanceolata (mountain pepper)
- Drimys aromatica.
All are evergreen trees with fragrant foliage, Drimys species prefer a humus rich moist but well drained soil.