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Azara microphylla - Hook.f.

Common Name
Family Flacourtiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lakesides and along the edges of Nothofagus forests[200].
Range S. America - Chile and S. Argentina.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Azara microphylla


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Azara microphylla is an evergreen Shrub growing to 6 m (19ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from February to April. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit[123]. No further details are given. The fruit is very small, about 3mm in diameter according to one report[200] and about 5mm according to another[219].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a position in sun or light shade in a deep humus rich soil[200], but succeeds in ordinary garden soil[134]. Succeeds in almost any soil so long as it is not very wet or very dry[202]. Flowers better in a warm sheltered position[200]. Plants are subject to windburn if they are not in a sheltered position[200]. This species is generally hardy in the open in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -15°c[184], though young plants are less hardy[219]. The new growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts[202]. Cultivated for its edible fruit in Chile[123]. The flowers are sweetly fragrant and vanilla scented[184, 245].

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Propagation

Seed - can be sown in a greenhouse or cold frame at any time of the year, though late winter or as soon as the seed is ripe are probably the best times to sow[134]. It usually germinates within 1 - 3 months at 15°c, though it can take 18 months[134]. When large enough to handle, pot the seedlings up into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[202]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 7 - 10cm with a heel, November in a cold frame[78]. Takes 12 months[78]. Layering in spring. Takes 6 - 9 months[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Readers comment

   Mon Aug 25 2008

I doubt it is edible. It is very bitter. Chileflora.

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