Polylepis lanata BK 10511.10


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High elevation Bolivian evergreen pinnate-leaved tree in the Rose family whose gorgeous irregular shape and exceptional exfoliating bark gives us fever dreams. Flowers are apetalous nothings but given its abundance of attributes, expecting showy petals is akin to disappointment in the physical shortcomings of the Duke in The Bridgertons. The Polylepis species we have observed in adjoining Argentina basically grew in rock with roots reaching down to moist soil so best in a lean, mineral-based soil that drains well. Small plants that will grow quickly. The collector speculated Z6b hardiness but ours has only gone to 10F with no damage


Plant Type

  • Evergreen

Mature Size

20'-40' old growth to 100'

Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Moderate
  • Dry

Bloom Time

  • Summer
  • Autumn