AVAILABLE 2020. Much tougher than its rather fickle perennial cousins, Lupinus Arboreus, aka the tree lupin, is a woody shrub with semi-evergreen grey green foliage and loose upright panicles of flowers in late spring and summer. In this variety, named after the Hampshire coastal town of Barton on Sea, they are yellow tinged with pink. Sun or semi-shade. Well drained soil. To 5 feet. 2 litre pot.

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Lupinus Arboreus, or the tree lupin, is a woody evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub that is native to the Pacific coast of North America where it was discovered by Captain Vancouver in the late 18th century; indeed, it is often called the Californian tree lupin, though it has also established itself down under in the Antipodes. Tree lupins are rather splendid things, very showy when in bloom and, though they are not particularly long-lived, we can forgive them that for the pleasure they bring.

Although it will tolerate a degree of shade, a position with as much sun as possible will bring out the best in your tree lupin. It’s a fast grower so will soon achieve a good size: if you need to curb its enthusiasm, don’t be afraid to prune it back as hard as necessary. It will quickly recover.

As well as lending its name to this variety of tree lupin, Barton on Sea boasts, a beach, eroding cliffs and a golf course; take a look at it here.

There is a helpful and informative article published in the Daily Telegraph about how to grow tree lupins, which you can read here.

Lupinus Arboreus Barton on Sea is a vigorous hardy evergreen shrub with spikes of pink tinged pea like yellow flowers in summer suitable for full sun.

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