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Escallonia rubra Crimson Spire


Bright crimson flowers throughout summer

If you are looking for subtle, stylish, and sophisticated hedging, which flowers through summer and autumn Crimson Spire fits the bill. It is a sight to see with dark green medium-sized foliage and equally deep to medium red flowers, that are bee-friendly.


Crimson Spire prefers the sun, and sometimes partial shade, making it perfect for low hedging, screens or informal gardens.


It can grow well in fertile and moist but dry soil, and it can also withstand coastal gales.

Crimson Spire has been awarded with the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It was originally a cultivar of a plant from Chile that was introduced in Britain in the 1820s.

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 June - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September