Pot Size: 12 litre
Description: The panicles of black fruit held in rounded clusters of this hardy Himalayan species was a welcomed site when I felt like death. Growing on the Singalila Ridge in view of Darjeeling at close to 3000m, where I was struggling to keep up with Sue and our friend Sally Goddard, suffering from a debilitating form of tonsillitis which was turning septic (wonderful). Normally forming small trees to 10m tall, but occasionally double that in the wild, with narrowly elliptic leaflets held radially like the spokes of an umbrella (hence umbrella plant) held on slender purple stems. Valued domestically in the Himalayas as fodder! Best grown in a moisture retentive fertile soil that is well drained in sun or part shade, protect from freezing winds and severe frost when young.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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