Eucryphia – Popular Shrubs for the Garden
There are not many of these beautiful shrubs and two only have any claim to hardiness.
One of these is the species Eucryphia glutinosa, which makes a deciduous shrub about 12-15 feet tall, or is occasionally seen as a small tree. It will not do well on lime or chalky soils, but will flourish in the southern counties, at least, on any reasonably rich loamy, if given a sheltered position. It bears from July onwards, beautiful fragrant white , 2 inches or more across, with a central boss of stamens. In the autumn the leaves turn to rich colours before falling.
The other hardy kind is the evergreen hybrid, Eucryphia X nymansay, a cross between Eucryphia glutinosa and a less hardy species, Eucryphia cordifolia. Eucryphia X nymansay is a vigorous shrub which may reach 25 feet or more, but takes, up less room than one might think as it is seldom more than 10 feet wide and would therefore not be out of place in a medium-sized garden. It produces its handsome flowers, which are like large white single with a central mass of yellow stamens, during August and September.
Unlike its parents, Eucryphia X nymansay will tolerate lime or chalk in the soil, but it is not a shrub for thin soils overlying chalk. It will tolerate a deep chalky loam, but it does appreciate some shelter, particularly in its young state.
Eucryphias need nounless it is to remove dead or frost-damaged wood, an operation best carried out in April or May.