This medium to large growing evergreen shrub with its bushy dense growth has attractive glossy dark green leaves which provide a backdrop for a profusion of apple blossom pink flowers over an extended period throughout the summer.
Originating from North and South America it is one of a variety of plants from the family Escalloniaceae which are evergreen plants with differing shades of green foliage and various coloured blossoms.
Escallonia Apple Blossom can be useful as an ornamental shrub to add colour to an otherwise dull garden or is superb as an informal hedge, however it does need some shelter from harsh weather situations as it is not fully hardy.
Escallonia Apple Blossom can be a beautiful hedging plant, with the tubular bell-shaped flowers which are good for attracting bees and especially with the heavenly scent of balsam given off after a rain shower or when trimming so should best be planted if possible where the full effects can be appreciated. This of course may be more applicable where it is used as an individual specimen shrub. An ideal shrub for coastal areas as it will tolerate the salty air Escallonia Apple Blossom will grow to a height of 200cm ideally being a minimum of 60cm. Growth rate is between 30-40cm per year and trimming would normally take place in autumn.
Since it is supplied as a pot grown plant Escallonia Apple Blossom can go in the ground at any time of year as there is little or no disturbance to the root system so no trauma to the plant. Preparation can be done prior to planting but if the weather should take a turn for the worse then as long as the plants are kept watered they can remain in the pots until such time as planting is possible.
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