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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group.
Family: Cunoniaceae
Eucryphia x nymansensis J.Bausch 'Nymansay'
Nymans eucryphia

54o 34.985N
5o 56.046W

This is a superb small flowering garden tree for late summer, valuable throughout the year as it is an evergreen. It is best in sheltered locations as the leaves are prone to burn round the edges and the petals tend to blow off in windy situations.

Nymans eucryphia is a cross between E. cordifolia and E. glutinosa, both South American species. It was raised in 1914/1915 at Nymans in Sussex by James Comber. It was awarded the RHS Award of Merit in 1924 and the Award of Garden Merit in 1984.

It makes a columnar tree, often multi-stemmed and described as fastigiate by some authors. It is fairly fast growing and will reach about 20m. The leaves are variable with some simple and some compound (tri-foliate). They are slightly downy on both sides and are evergreen. The shoots are green and very hairy and the stems are smooth.

The flowers are large, up to 6cm across, white with pink stamens, and are produced prolifically in August and September. The example in Belfast Botanic Gardens is situated opposite the gate into the works yard and it flowers spectacularly each year.

Eucryphia  nymansensis in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Eucryphia leaf

Nymans eucryphia in Belfast Botanic Gardens Nymans eucryphia simple and trifoliate leaves

Eucryphia nymansensis flowers

Eucryphia nymansensis flowers

Nymans eucryphia Nymans eucryphia

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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