First flowers for the Eucryphia!

The little stick on the right hand side is my Eucryphia nymansensis.  I planted it in November 2015 and I have been nurturing it with attention ever since.  It is one of the favoured plants that gets watered.  It is privileged with extra water because I can’t imagine that it is that happy finding itself in sandy soil that dries out quickly.  The Nepeta stalks covers most of its base and the Gaura does its best to protect it too.

That was why I was surprised to see what I thought could be a flower.  When I saw the brown tip I thought I had missed the flower and it had already started to dry up.  But no, the bud seems to burst its cap to flower.

As the flower opens the cap falls off.  I would have been disappointed to miss my first flowers.

I was very excited to see my first flower open and smell the perfume.  I was not disappointed.

We even had some rain and it did not destroy the flowers which dipped and let the rain run off.

Perhaps this is another reason that the bees love the Eucryphia flowers.  They can act as natural umbrellas.

Apart from the beauty of the flowers and their perfume, the flowers also attract bees.  This year I only had four flowers on my tree but I could see that it was going to be popular with the bees.  I hope it does some growing next spring and produces some more flowers next summer.


27 thoughts on “First flowers for the Eucryphia!

    1. It’s a measly little specimen but I have great hopes for it. They do grow and become covered in these beautiful, perfumed white flowers. I am just getting excited in anticipation. You can see I am easy to please 🙂 Amelia


  1. Hello Amelia,
    We too love this tree, and planted one a few years ago, and we love its bee friendly flowers, and particularly the time of year they appear. What’s great as well is that unlike many trees they seem to flower very early in their life, as you’ve found. And this year we’ve even got a few seed pods forming – though these seem to take nearly a year to develop. So I’m sure it will delight in years to come. One thought though…if you get strong winds maybe keep an eye on it, ‘cos ours has been badly rocked – I think it’s root system isn’t maybe the strongest,
    best wishes


    1. It is good to hear from someone with a mature plant. I am just imagining what it could look like when it is a bit bigger. Thank you for the tip about the roots. I have read that they like to be a bit sheltered and have the roots moist which tallies with a light root system. Luckily we do not get a lot of wind, however, when there are storms in France they tend to of a force that knock down trees and telegraph poles! Amelia

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    1. I am always tempted by plants that are perfumed and I have a weakness for white flowers. It can grow to 8 metres but it is very easy to trim so could suit most gardens. I keep a “Wish List” of the plants I see in blogs and I find it handy to refer to from time to time. Amelia

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  2. I used to have this tree in my garden in England. I also saw lots of them at The Garden House in Devon when I was there in July, they were in full flower. I’m sure you’ll be very pleased with your choice.


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