An extremely showy, mediterranean style shrub that has aromatic leaves and gorgeous white flowers in the middle of Summer, followed by striking blue fruits (surrounded by purple calyx). It looks stunning against a south facing wall with continuous flowering in the Summer. Drought tolerant and prefers fertile soil with good drainage. It can be kept on the patio in a large pot.
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Also known as: Peanut Butter Tree, Glorytree
Native to: China, Japan, Korea, India
Family: Lamiaceae - Sage Family
Habit (UK conditions): medium shrub to small tree
Max size in 5 years (UK conditions, in pot): 3 x 3m
Main value: flowers, fruits
Flowers are: white
Flowering period: Summer
Autumn coloration: not significant (yellowish)
Preferences: it grows best if planted against a south facing wall, and prefers deep soil with free drainage
Hardiness: not fully hardy in Northern Scotland but it is in the bulk of the UK and most of Europe, if dies back by frost, it sprouts back from the base
Known hazards: none to our knowledge
Edible uses: some sources mention edible leaves and sprouts (when cooked) - we cannot take any responsibility in this matter