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Escallonia laevis Gold Brian

Evergreen yellow foliage with deep pink flowers

The lime gold-green foliage gives the apt name to this evergreen and hardy shrub – Gold Brian, which produces bright pink-rose red flowers that give a nice contrast to the bright green-yellow, leathery, and toothed leaves.


Gold Brian flourishes well in sun, and partly shady conditions. The shrub is quite hardy in frosty conditions.


Gold Brian is relatively pest, and disease free. It can grow up to five feet in both height, and width in fertile soil that is moist but well-drained, and should be planted in a sheltered site preferably.

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, Winter
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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 Mediterranean garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From March to September