Drimys winteri at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Drimys winteri
early July 2020

Grid reference ST18509 79179
Common name Winter's bark
Common name Winter cinnamon
Origin South Andes
Deciduous No
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 13M July 2020
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 594

This tree is located in the east border of the Acer Lawn.

Drimys winteri bark

Drimys winteri bark
early July 2020

Drimys winteri foliage

Drimys winteri foliage
early July 2020

Drimys winteri leaf

Drimys winteri leaves
early July 2020

Drimys winteri fruit1

Drimys winteri young fruit
early July 2020

Drimys winteri fruit2

Drimys winteri fruit
mid September 2020

Drimys winteri fruit3

Drimys winteri fruit
mid September 2020

General tree description

Drimys winteri is a small tree or large shrub, up to around 20 metres in height and with a spreading shape. It has smooth, light brown or grey, aromatic bark. The leaves are oblong-elliptic, 7 to 17 cm long, glossy and leathery. In spring there are clusters of large (3 to 4 cm across), creamy-white, fragrant flowers. These are followed by black fruits in autumn. The common name Winter's bark comes from Captain William Winter, who sailed with Sir Francis Drake on his round the world voyage in 1577. On his return to England in 1579-80 Winter brought the bark of this tree from the Straits of Magellan, his ship's crew having used it as a medicine against scurvy.

In Britain Drimys winteri is not generally hardy. It is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "occasional in milder areas".