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Escallonia Apple Blossom

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Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'

Evergreen foliage and delicate clusters of flowers

A delightful small evergreen shrub with small, tough, dark green leaves and stiff branching stems growing to 1.2m (4ft) with similar spread. The dark leaves are the perfect setting for the clusters of apple-blossom pink flowers that appear in summer. An ideal shrub for a small garden. The evergreen leaves maintain year round interest with the bonus of summer flowers.

Where?

Likes an open, sunny situation in a bed or border. Good with other shrubs and roses. Tolerant of wind and salt spray but dislikes extreme cold.

How?

Any well-drained fertile soil. Cut out dead or damaged wood in early spring before growth commences, or prune more thoroughly after flowering in midsummer.

Escallonias hail from South America, mostly from the Andes

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Garden edging

Typically available

From March to September