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Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'

Escallonia

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (31922)

Plant details

The South American Andes are the home of most escallonias, which are generally quite hardy, although some varieties need shelter from cold winds. They are graceful shrubs, with arching stems and solid compact growth. The neat glossy evergreen foliage offers a perfect background to smaller plants, and makes a fine hedge in seaside gardens. 'Apple Blossom' flowers for 6-8 weeks after mid-summer, in a very attractive blend of soft pink and white. Escallonias are best planted in late spring, allowing time to settle in before winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Escalloniaceae

Genus: Escallonia

Cultivar: Apple Blossom

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 250cm

Spread: 240cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

Flowering period: June to September


Reader reviews

pch288

Hi, we have a 3 yr old Escallonia White hedge in our front garden. We noticed alot of leaves are turning yellow with black shades. Is it a disease and how do we treat it?

There's a couple by the wall and we would like to move them. It's about 4 foot in height now. When is the best time to move them and do we need to prune it before transplanting it?

Thank you.

Pat


Laurum

Pat, what you have is Escallonia leaf spot. It's a relatively new fungal disease, having only been spotted a few years ago but has spread fast. The RHS website has details on how to treat it (search escallonia leaf spot there) but I guess that more will be found out once they've properly identified the strain etc.

Shame as it's a lovely plant otherwise, but the disease is making it look unsightly and probably weakening it.


Bill B

I have a 10-year old escallonia in my hedge (1), North facing, hillside, exposed, in Sheffield. I did a tidy-up three years ago and found it had produced several rooting stems which I cut off and potted. All did well except one which died, so I decided they were hardy, and planted three beside my garage to screen it (2,3,4), also North facing, one against my house front wall (5), East facing, and one against the same wall but in an angle caused by the porch, so it is East and North facing, but has no southerly aspect (6). All did well and grew vigorously until the recent snows. After that 1,2,3 & 6 are still fine, 4 & 5 have extensive die-back, 5 in particulars has branches broken by snow. Now the frost is gone I will cut out all the die-back and see how they fare, but clearly hardiness is variable, even amongst siblings. It is interesting that 6 is the least vigorous grower, maybe as it gets least light, but was totally unharmed.

Bill.


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