This large specimen shrub in full flower dominates the Terrace Garden, now devoted to plants from New Zealand. The lightly-scented pure white-flowers consist of five overlapping petals, a central starburst of white stamens with a few at the centre the colour of palest lilac, like a pilot light.
The semi-evergreen foliage is also attractive with a deeply serrated margin. These seldom seen shrubs are also known as ribbonwoods or lacebarks on account of the attractive lattice of the bark.
This specimen was very badly damaged in the severe frost of 2011. Growth was very restricted last year, but this year, it is back to its best. Patience in horticulture is not so much a virtue as an absolute necessity.