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Heaths (Erica and Daboecia) and heathers (Calluna) vary widely in size, habit and appearance, from dwarf mounds of tight miniature foliage, to the giant tree heaths, large or medium-size shrubs which can resemble small trees. If left unpruned Erica arborea can reach 5m (16ft) high and wide, and live to a great age, but in gardens it is usually clipped annually to keep it very dense and more compact. This form, var. alpina, is a smaller shrub than the type, very hardy, and with brighter green foliage, making an imposing highlight among smaller heaths and heathers . The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivar: var. alpina
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: April to July
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