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An evergreen shrub 8 to 12 ft high, sometimes a low tree, with downy branchlets. Leaves alternate, ovate or oval, 1 to 11⁄2 in. long, deep shining green above, very downy beneath, furnished with stipules; both the leaves and stipules are toothed. Flowers fragrant, borne on short, branching corymbs, the yellow stamens, as in A. petiolaris, giving the flower whatever beauty it possesses. A rather tender shrub, introduced from Chile about 1830. It is only hardy against a wall at Kew, and was killed or badly damaged in many gardens in the cold winters of 1961-3. It survived both at Edinburgh, however, and is 10 ft high there in a sheltered position. The leaves have a bitter taste.
A. serrata – For a note on this species by A. J. Anderson, see The Garden (Journ. R.H.S.), Vol. 102, pp. 37-8 (1977). At that time it had been growing for eight or nine years in a south-facing border in Anderson’s garden at Englefield Green, Surrey. He remarks that precautionary cuttings, if not needed, make excellent pot-plants.