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Erica arborea var. alpina

Tree heath

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (62413)

Plant details

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).

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Erica

Species: arborea

Cultivar: var. alpina

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

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