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Drimys winteri andina ‘Andina Winter's Bark’ (photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library)
Drimys winteri andina ‘Andina Winter's Bark’ (photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library)

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Zones 5-9, 14-24
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Drimys winteri

Winter’s Bark
Winteraceae
Evergreen, Trees

Native to southern Chile and Argentina. Slender tree grows to 25 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide; distinguished chiefly by its attractive foliage and dignified presence. Stems and branches, which tend to droop gracefully, have aromatic, mahogany red bark. Leathery, fragrant, bright green leaves are elliptical, 5–10 in. long. Small clusters of jasmine-scented, inch-wide, creamy white flowers appear in winter and spring.

The tree is usually multistemmed but is easily trained to a single trunk. It may require pruning from time to time to maintain a pleasingly symmetrical outline. Provide a frost-sheltered location in Zones 5–7. Requires good drainage.

D. winteri andina (D. andina) is dwarf, growing slowly to about 3 ft. tall and wide.

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