This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek for well covered). Eucryphia-cese; formerly referred to Rosaceae. A very few southern hemisphere resinous trees or shrubs, with opposite evergreen simple or pinnate leaves and showy white flowers: sepals 4, free; petals 4, broad; stamens very many; ovary free, 5-18-celled: fruit a hard dehiscent caps. E. pinnatifolia, Gay, is a shrub or small tree, hardy in parts of England, with large white hypericum-like 4-petaled flowers and rose-like foliage, from Chile. B.M. 7067. G.C. II. 14:337; III. 9:613; 10:217; 15:109; 23:15(fruit); 30:351. Gn. 63, p.281;77, p. 423. G.29:96; 33:25. F.S.R. 1, p. 41. Gn.W. 9:821. G.M. 53:203. E. cordifolia, Cav., has simple serrate leaves B.M. 8209. G. 33:607. G.C.III. 22:247; 42:259; 44:129. Gn. 70, p. 190; 73, p. 471. - Neither of these is in the American trade. Worthy of trial in the S. There are 2 species (E. Billardieri, Spach, and E. Moorei, Muell.) in Tasmania and New S. Wales.
Plants of E. pinnatifolia give much satisfaction in the open in England although not much known, the pure white flowers 3 in. diam., and borne more or less in pairs, being produced in great profusion in late summer; it grows 8-10 ft. high.