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Description: It is sad to think that not long after we collected the seed of this gorgeous small evergreen tree the bulldozers buried it, making way for a new road. Here it had formed a large multi stemmed shrub only 4m tall, well branched with ovate to broadly ovate thick parchment textured leaves to 16 × 10cm, dark green glossy above whitish silver below. In February-April the congested scaly buds had opened to a display of near Rhododendron-like flowers of red to bright pink, composed of numerous spatulate petals, resulting in the small seed we collected from the 5-cavity capsules. Best grown in a warm sunny sheltered site, protected from freezing winds in a lime free humus rich well drained soil. Hardy for us here to -15C.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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