Saw-toothed Azara (Azara serrata)

Azara serrata

Saw-toothed azara

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Flowers

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  • Botanical name: Azara serrata
  • Common name: Saw-toothed azara
  • Family: Salicaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Commonly known as the saw-toothed azara, Azara serrata is an upright, medium-sized shrub with evergreen, ovate leaves that have serrated edges. In late spring and early summer, the foliage is lit up by masses of golden-yellow flowers, which are held in clusters.

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It’s not fully hardy being able to survive lows of -10ºC, so if in doubt, grow in a sheltered spot against a warm wall.

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For best results, grow Azara serrata in full sun or partial shade in a deep, moist and well-drained soil. If you need to prune, do so just after flowering to avoid losing flowers the following year, which are produced on the previous year’s growth. In hot summers, clusters of white berries adorn the shrub around August and September. Azara serrata holds the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

How to grow Azara serrata

  • Plant size

    4m height

    3m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do Prune in June

Do Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Azara serrata and wildlife

Azara serrata is known for attracting bees, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Azara serrata poisonous?

Azara serrata has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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