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Azara microphilla 'Variegata'

A wonderful addition to any garden…

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Tina’s choice…Azara Microphylla ‘Variegata’

When you enter the green door into the Frameyard, you are  immediately met with a wonderful smell of vanilla. Straight in front of you is a fabulous shrub/small tree and it’s called Azara Microphylla ‘Variegata’. 

Azara mycrophilla "Variegata"

Azara microphylla “Variegata” in the Fota Frameyard 

I think it looks quite elegant and I particularly like its shape.  It’s a perfect specimen.  An evergreen shrub/tree, it has glossy, green simple leaves in unequal pairs, broadly edged with cream and it has tiny vanilla-scented, yellow flowers in late winter or early spring, occasionally followed by dull orange berries . 

Azara microphilla 'Variegata'

Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’ in Fota






Now is your chance to appreciate this beautiful shrub with its wonderful aroma.  It’s ultimate height can reach 4 to 8 meters with an ultimate spread  of 2.5 meters in 20 to 50 years.  It favours a sheltered position in sun or partial shade and can be propagated from semi hardwood cuttings in the summer. It’s generally pest and disease free and makes a wonderful addition to any formal or cottage style garden.


Read more on this plant:

Photo of full size tree: Tina O’S.

Photos of leaf and flower details: Edwina C.



Author: fotaframeyardblog

We are volunteers who work at Fota House Frameyard in County Cork.

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