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Lomatia myricoides (River Lomatia)

A hardy evergreen with particularly fetching little leaves – long and thin and slightly serrated and in a particularly lovely shade of green. Left to its own devices however, it’s a bit of a sprawling shrubby thing. We think we can improve on this arrangement and train them into little trees. They can reach 10ft after 10 years. They like a sunny spot on poor soil – see important notes below.

Propagated by us by seed.

On a botanic note : this is a member of the Protea family – all from the southern hemisphere – Australia, South Africa and South America. Members of the Protea family have all evolved in poor, acid soil with the result that they don’t like chalky soil and they don’t like phosphate. Poor sandy or peaty soil is ideal. When I say they don’t like phosphate – it’s actually toxic to them. Give a member of this family a good top dressing of horse manure in the summer and expect the plant to be dead in 2 weeks flat. The answer is to neglect them – never feed them, leave them alone. You’ll find an amazing collection of this family growing near the main house at Wakehurst Place. Many were planted by the curator in the 1980s and early 1990s (Tony Schilling) who seems to have been one of the first people to make the connection with the phosphate problem. Interestingly, it was later discovered that the area around the house where they’re planted is notably low in phosphate.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

 

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

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