Tutsan

Hypericum androsaemum 'Albury Purple'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum 'Albury Purple')
Genus:  Hypericum

This is a bushy, deciduous shrub with upright branches. Purple-flushed green leaves grow up to 4 inches long and are mildly resin scented when bruised. 'Albury Purple' bears stalked, star-shaped or cupped yellow flowers, up to 11 per cluster on distinctive 2-edged stems. Round, red berry-like fruit follows.

Care: 

Provide full sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soil. Too much shade will decrease the number of flowers. Plants may die to the ground in winter but will send off new growth in the spring.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn. Divide in spring or autumn. Take softwood cuttings in late spring; greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Problems: 

Thrips, scale, anthracnose, rust, and leaf spots. Also wilt and root rot, particularly in hot and humid climates.

Overview

Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

Hypericum androsaemum 'Albury Purple'