RHAPHIOLEPIS UMBELLATA

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RHAPHIOLEPIS UMBELLATA

$3.81 / packet

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Description

Native to Korea and Japan, this rare and beautiful evergreen shrub carries glossy oval leaves, and sweetly-scented scented white flowers, sometimes tinged with pink, in early summer. It exhibits strong disease resistance combined with a valuable, compact, mounding habit. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. (AGM). In addition it is used in Japan as an astringent and a dyeing agent, and, interestingly, and you really must remember this, the bark contains (−)-catechin 7-O-β-d-glucopyranoside and (+)-catechin 5-0-β-d-glucopyranoside!

Sowing Advice

These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds germinate very slowly indeed in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown. Some seeds may take more than a year to germinate.

Key Facts

Family:Rosaceae

Classification:Hardy shrub

Height:60-1.50cm

Packet Content:5 (Approx)

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