Mountain Pepper

Drimys lanceolata

Item 5061


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Key feature:
  • Light Needs
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  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

A true garden aristocrat, this refined evergreen shrub is a great specimen or formal hedge plant for mild climate gardens. The oval-shaped, deep green leaves are held along beautiful red young stems. Creamy yellow-green perfumed blossoms enhance the distinctive foliage. Leaves and berries may be used to add a spicy, peppery flavor to foods.

New foliage :: Credit: Monrovia Close-Up :: Credit: Doreen Wynja Bloom :: Credit: Monrovia Medium Shot :: Credit: Doreen Wynja Landscape :: Credit: Doreen Wynja Full shot :: Credit: Doreen Wynja
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Average Landscape Size
Reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Drimys lanceolata
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Habit: Compact ,   Round
Growth Rate: No
Special Feature: Easy Care, Year-round Interest
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Flower Attribute: Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Winter to Early Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Garden Style: Asian/Zen ,   Tropical
Design Ideas: This distinctive evergreen shrub lends a refined elegance to the garden. Planted in mass as a foundation plant, the glossy foliage will provide a wonderful background to shorter flowering shrubs. Striking dark red stems and leaf petioles stand out especially when grouped with red or burgundy-leaved companions. Attractive as a single specimen shrub, it also takes well to pruning into a formal hedge.

Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to develop an extensive root system. Tolerates brief drought, once established. In zone 7 and 8, a sheltered location is recommended, to protect from cold, harsh winter winds. Prune as needed to shape, ideally just after flowering.


Drimys lancolata is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are produced on separate plants. Female plants require a nearby male plant for pollination in order to produce berries. The aboriginals of its native habitat as well as colonists found the dried fruit of Drimys lancolata to be a perfect substitute for pepper, and it is still used widely for that purpose today. Though colloquially referred to as Tasmanian Pepper, Monrovia's selection is not likely to produce berries.

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