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Drimys winteri
Good ornamental value (A)
Height: 25 m.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year. The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores. Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month). Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter. Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light. In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.
Tree Low germination, less than 30 % White, 7 - 14 petals
Medicinal Timber
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Because these seeds can not be stored for long times (they are recalcitrant), these seeds are available only during the following period: February-May
These seeds are generally restocked in: February

Seeds packet:

packetUS$ 4This item/quantity is temporarily out of stock.
One packet contains at least 35 seeds.

Drimys winteri is an extremely important plant for the local Indians, the Mapuche. It was considered to be a symbol of peace, and it was almost obligatory to have on planted near one`s house for good luck and protection. Most peace treaties among the Indians were signed under the shade of this magic tree. On a more practical level, it is also a medicinal planty, a good source of vitamin C. It is also a tonic. It is relatively easy to grow, but the germination is rather lengthy, and may take several month. The seeds may not be dried out and must be planted fresh.