Lomatia ferruginea Plant Profile and Growing Notes
An evergreen tree with a difference, Lomatia ferruginea is grown both for the foliage and the attractive flowers.
Lomatia ferruginea or as is commonly called, Fuinque is a small tree native to Chile. Slow growing but with very attractive ferny foliage. This is a plant that also flowers, very attractive pink to yellow flowers in large bracts which contrast well against the deeper green of the foliage.
The foliage itself makes a great backing for floral arrangements. Reaching around 8m in height over time, Lomatia ferruginea grows well in full sun to light shade in a humus rich, moist but well drained soil. Best in a frost free position, although regarded as fairly hardy..
Best grown in in a sunny position in a moist, but well drained soil. This is a plant that will grow in shade, however is does perform better as an ornamental plant with good sun for at least part of the day.
- Height – To 10 meters.
- Growth rate – Medium
- Position – Full sun to a little shade. protect from cold winds.
- Foliage – Deep green with a fern like appearance.
- Flowers – Fragrant, yellow infused with pink.
- Soil – Moist, humus rich and well drained.
- Fertiliser – Generally not required in good soils. Low phosphate if you must.