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Shrubby Germander, Tree Germander, Silver Bush Germander, Tutti-Frutti 'Azurea'

Teucrium fruticans

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Teucrium (TEW-kree-um) (Info)
Species: fruticans (FROO-tih-kanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Azurea
Additional cultivar information:(aka Azureum, Tutti-Frutti)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Medium Blue


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage



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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Estillfork, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona

Knights Landing, California

Lucerne Valley, California

Pasadena, California

Rohnert Park, California

San Jose, California

Shalimar, Florida

Jennings, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Greenville, North Carolina

Austin, Texas

Bartlett, Texas

Belton, Texas

Mansfield, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Seadrift, Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 4, 2015, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Tag says "Blue flowers are a darker blue than other Germanders." Uh, they look totally lavender / purple to me... Overall, this seems like a nice vigorous, indestructible temperate shrub, not unlike an olive tree crossed with a lavender. Compared to my species plant, this variety seems to have more dramatically color-contrasted foliage.


On May 2, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This tender perennial, grows to 3.5-4' high and is commonly called "tutti-frutti".


On Feb 28, 2006, DownEaster42 from Greenville, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I wish to report that I have this plant thriving in my zone 8a Garden! Some years it dies down to its roots, but it always comes back. Flowers after a mild winter. I really cherish it because there are few things I can grow with grey blue leaves.


On Feb 27, 2006, TucsonJen from Tucson, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Slow to show growth for me - I swear it didn't grow an inch for 10 months! Now (February) it's taking off and flowering like crazy. It gets more comments than anything else in my flowering garden. The neighbors all want one of their own. The brillant and unusual flower color contrasted with the silvery leaves is gorgeous. I'm hoping that it will bloom through fall as reported despite the full Tucson it gets. I have a second one in partial shade that is slower to grow and less showy. I think it would be better off in full sun but I'm curious to see if it is just slower to get started or if it will "summer" better than the full sun one.