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Tree germander, how to plant and care for Teucrium fruticans

Tree germander - Teucrium fruticans

Tree germander is much appreciated for its beautiful evergreen foliage: it’s a rare silver-blue color!

Germander facts, a summary

Name – Teucrium fruticans
Family – Lamiaceae
Type – shrub

 – 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 m)
Exposure – full sun

Soil: any, well drained  –  Foliage: evergreen –  Flowering: spring→mid-summer

Planting tree germander

Preferably, you’d get to work planting your shrubby germander in spring. It’ll resist hot weather, and is hardy down to 15°F (-10°C), which is great for places with extreme weather.

  • Tree germander plantingIt loves growing in full sun.
  • Tree germander won’t be troubled by drought.
  • It loves any type of soil, as long as it drains well.
  • Even poor, rocky soil with little nutrients will please it.

Follow our advice on planting shrubs.

Pruning tree germander

The pruning of this bush is clearly optional, only if you wish to give it a roundish shape.

If this is the case, prune it frequently.

If you simply wish to balance the shape or reduce the size of your plant, do it at the end of summer, after flowering is over.

All there is to know about tree germander

Bush germander hedgeTree germander is particularly well-suited to creating low hedges, and does very well in shrub beds or topiary.

It can cope with most usual climatic environments, but in case of long-lasting frost spells, it will need to be protected.

The botanical name for bush germander is Teucrium fruticans. It’s part of the Lamiaceae family.

Smart tip about tree germander

Along the coast, plant tree germander because it stands strong in the wind and copes well with sea spray.

Images: 123RF: Svetlana Zhukova, CC BY-SA 2.0: Jacinta Lluch Valero; shutterstock: aniana
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