Teucrium fruticans

Tree germander

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (18717)

Plant details

Many teucriums are herbaceous perennials, but there are a few shrubby species or subshrubs which are reliably evergreen if sheltered from cold winds. They are found growing wild in the Western Mediterranean, and appreciate full sun and very good drainage, preferably on light soil. T. fruticans has been grown for nearly 300 years in gardens as a flowering shrub and formal clipped greyish-green hedge, although regular trimming removes the fine spikes of pale lavender-blue, two-lipped flowers, like those of rosemary. To propagate, take cuttings from early to mid-summer.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Teucrium

Species: fruticans

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 100cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: June to July

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