Shrubby Germander, Tree Germander

Teucrium fruticans

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Teucrium (TEW-kree-um) (Info)
Species: fruticans (FROO-tih-kanz) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phenix City, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Concord, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Soquel, California

New Orleans, Louisiana

Greenville, North Carolina

Garland, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 15, 2012, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows pretty well here in the UK, flowers well, although this year less flowers than usual due to the wet, cold summer.


On Jan 29, 2007, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Has survived winter temperatures in the lower teens (F) without protection. I suspect it requires the excellent drainage I had given mine to achieve this extra hardiness. My specimen plant grew to 5' tall by 6' wide. Tried transplanting this one in late winter 2006 without success. New site did not have excellent drainage.


On May 22, 2005, joshz8a from z8a, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm growing this in a container in Zone 8a this year. I agree with ShadowsChaseMe's excellent description...the distinctive steely-grey foliage and white stem is a welcome addition to the few silver plants which don't mind our hot muggy summers. joshz8a


On Oct 28, 2003, ShadowsChaseMe from Adelaide
Australia wrote:

This is a relatively new species, with fantastic potential here in Australia and other dry zones, so much so that the botanical gardens here in my city are using it as a new border specimen plant on their perimeter.

T. fruticans has beautiful shimmery sliver foliage which is white underneath, and violet coloured flowers. The leaves are simple, and fairly small (about 2cm X 1cm) and spaced out about 3cm apart along the unique square stem. Leaves are ever so slightly fuzzy, grey/blue on top, and brilliantly white underneath. The clearly visible stem is also white underneath, and only slightly greyer above. The purple flowers are delicate, bell shaped, with one recurved side, protruding stamens, and hang pendulously, about 2cm (1 inch) long by 1.2 cm wide. Very much... read more