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*RETAIL - Tasmannia (Drimys) lanceolata

*RETAIL - Tasmannia (Drimys) lanceolata

Fascinating group of plants ranging from southern Australia to South America with a couple as far north as Mexico -- all most closely resembling the northern hemisphere genus illicium. Drimys lanceolata, most often a shrub though can reach 8-10 ft or more, is most striking where the brick-red stems and leaf bases can be observed up close. The leaves are shiny and narrow -- to 2" -- with mostly spring clusters of lightly honey scented white flowers and clusters of black berries that have, historically, been ground and used as peppercorns. We have found the leaves ( just a few) to be a wonderful, spicy addition to salads -- though our plants are mostly for external use. Would prefer regular summer water. Not a lover of great heat and humidity or freezing, drying winds, but superb along the Pacific Coast where temperatures seldom fall below 15ºF, mid USDA zone 8; has survived close to 0ºF, zone 7, with protection.

TASMANIAN PEPPERWOOD

Winteraceae

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Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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