DESCRIPTION: This group consists of ten tender, evergreen trees and shrubs from East and Southeast Asia to Australia. D. macropodum is a large shrub with large, light green leaves with bloomy undersides and red petioles. Clusters of unnoticeable flowers are produced in late spring. They grow under the leaves and have no petals, but emit a pungent scent. The flowers are followed by bluish-black, pea shaped fruits. This variety is fairly hardy, but must be protected from cold, drying winds.
POTTING: These plants prefer a neutral, loamy soil, but will tolerate lime. They should be planted in a sheltered spot in partial shade. Pruning can be done to open up the center of the shrub. Old plants can be cut back severely.
PROPAGATION: Seeds can be sown or layers can be done in the spring. Cuttings of firm shoots may also be inserted in a frame that is kept closed, in July.
VARIETIES: D. macropodum; D.humile.
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