What Is Drimys Aromatica: How To Grow A Mountain Pepper Plant

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What Is Drimys Aromatica: How To Grow A Mountain Pepper Plant

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is Drimys aromatica? Mountain pepper is a dense, shrubby evergreen marked by leathery, cinnamon-scented leaves and reddish-purple stems. Mountain pepper is named for the pungent, hot-tasting essential oils in the leaves. Clusters of small, sweet-smelling, creamy white or pale yellow blooms appear in late winter and early spring, followed by shiny, dark red fruit that turns black when ripe. If this mountain pepper info has piqued your interest, read on to learn how to grow a mountain pepper in your garden. Mountain Pepper Info Native to Tasmania, mountain pepper (Drimys aromatica) is a sturdy, mostly trouble-free plant that grows in the relatively mild climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 10. Birds are highly attracted to the plant’s pungent berries. Mountain pepper reaches heights of 13 feet (4 m.) at maturity, with a width of about 8 feet (2.5

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