Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'
Neatly crimped, small holly-green leaves (with no prickles) softened by pretty apple-blosssom clusters of tiny summer flowers on this tough shrub
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
Masses of apple-blossom pink, tubular flowers from June to September among small, glossy, dark green leaves. This compact, bushy, evergreen shrub looks lovely towards the back of a sunny, shrub border, as a foil for flowering perennials, or for growing as an informal, flowering hedge. It is partularly good as a windbreak in coastal areas.
- Garden care: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In mid or late spring lightly cut back any shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant. After pruning apply a generous 5-7 cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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