Escallonia – Escalloniaceae
Escallonia langleyensis ‘Donard Seedling’ (wild varieties: South America)
Habit: Small shrub, usually 1.5 m tall and wide, in favourable areas up to 2.5 m; dense branching, arching; moderately fast-growing.
Flowers: Small stars or tubes on long panicles, pink to white; profuse and persistent in favourable areas, June or July into September; slight, pungent smell.
Fruits: Brownish, inconspicuous capsules, rare in these parts.
Leaves: Evergreen, only semi-evergreen in unfavourable areas; ovoid, reverse ovoid, small, like the common box, coarse leathery, shiny dark green.
Demands: Full sun to light shade, protect from winter sun, likes it warm or cool; not very frost hardy; benefits from protection and covering with mulch or fleece; likes high humidity, wind resistant, tolerates salty air very well.
Soil: Moderately dry to moist; acidic to slightly alkaline, not bound to acidic soil; moderately tolerant of salt.
Our tip: Escallonia can be trained on sunny house walls well as an exotic trellis plant; cut in April or May.
Hardiness: Zone 10