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Azara microphylla - Hook.f.
Common Name
Family Flacourtiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lakesides and along the edges of Nothofagus forests[200].
Range S. America - Chile and S. Argentina.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun


Azara microphylla

Azara microphylla
Physical Characteristics
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Azara microphylla is an evergreen Shrub growing to 6 m (19ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Feb to April. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[123]. No further details are given. The fruit is very small, about 3mm in diameter according to one report[200] and about 5mm according to another[219].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a position in sun or light shade in a deep humus rich soil[200], but succeeds in ordinary garden soil[134]. Succeeds in almost any soil so long as it is not very wet or very dry[202]. Flowers better in a warm sheltered position[200]. Plants are subject to windburn if they are not in a sheltered position[200]. This species is generally hardy in the open in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -15°c[184], though young plants are less hardy[219]. The new growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts[202]. Cultivated for its edible fruit in Chile[123]. The flowers are sweetly fragrant and vanilla scented[184, 245].
Seed - can be sown in a greenhouse or cold frame at any time of the year, though late winter or as soon as the seed is ripe are probably the best times to sow[134]. It usually germinates within 1 - 3 months at 15°c, though it can take 18 months[134]. When large enough to handle, pot the seedlings up into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[202]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 7 - 10cm with a heel, November in a cold frame[78]. Takes 12 months[78]. Layering in spring. Takes 6 - 9 months[78].

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Elizabeth H.
Mon Aug 25 2008
I doubt it is edible. It is very bitter. Chileflora.
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