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Small semi-nodding, scented flowers. This is a somewhat variable species: depending on the source, the colour of the tepals can vary from "lime green" (M Toomey & E Leeds) through "greenish-white" (R Savill) to "pale creamy yellow touched with green" (B Rogerson). Normally with yellow anthers - though, as our specimen shows, some specimens have green! Requires a sunny position in well drained soil. Attractive evergreen foliage, but rather frost tender. Introduced from New Zealand in 1791. The name commemorates the botanist J R Forster.

Fragrant: Yes
Approximate height: 2.0 - 2.5 metres
Flowering period(s): Apr May
Aspect: Sunny
Pruning: No pruning (Group 1)
Country of origin: New Zealand
Parentage: Species
Other name(s): fosteri (incorrect spelling); forsterii (incorrect); forrestii (incorrect)

Further detail:

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