Escallonia rubra var. Macrantha
Escallonia rubra, commonly known as red escallonia or redclaws, is a beautiful evergreen shrub native to southern Chile and neighbouring areas of Argentina. It's a popular choice for gardens due to its attractive appearance and ease of care.
Escallonia rubra is a bushy shrub that can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) tall and wide. It has glossy, dark green leaves that are about 2-3 cm (0.8-1.2 inches) long. The star of the show are the stunning, bell-shaped flowers that bloom in profusion from June to October. These flowers come in shades of pink, red, and crimson.
Growing conditions: Escallonia rubra prefers well-drained soil and full sun, but it can also tolerate partial shade. It's relatively drought-tolerant once established, but it will appreciate regular watering during dry spells. This shrub is hardy in most of the UK, but it may need some protection from cold winds in exposed locations.
Care: Escallonia rubra is a low-maintenance shrub that requires minimal care. You can prune it lightly after flowering to maintain its shape and size. It's also important to deadhead spent flowers to encourage further blooms.
Uses: Escallonia rubra is a versatile shrub that can be used in a variety of ways in the garden. It makes a stunning hedge, border planting, or specimen plant. It's also well-suited for coastal gardens as it tolerates salt spray.
Supplied in a 1ltr pot.
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