This plant is rated as not so hardy in the Pacific Northwest ~ Zone 8 (15 to 20 degrees). My plant is growing in a protected site near the back corner of the veggie garden, by the shed/fence.
It grows in full to part sun, handles summer heat well and grows 10-12 feet tall by 8 feet wide.
Drimys is an evergreen shrub, that is striking for its red stems and leaf petioles and glossy/leathery green leaves. It is slow growing, but also low maintenance and pest free.
The plant has clusters of little insignificant fragrant white/yellow flowers in late spring. Although, you have to have a male and female plant to get the black pepper like fruits.
|Pretty red stems!|
|There is one little dead stem, but probably not from the weather.|