Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'
- available to order from late autumn
- 2 litre pot
This shrub is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
Masses of apple-blossom pink, tubular flowers from June to September among small, glossy, dark green leaves. This compact, bushy, evergreen shrub (although it can drop some leaves in cold weather), looks lovely towards the back of a sunny shrub border as a foil for flowering perennials, or for growing as an informal flowering hedge. It is particularly good as a windbreak in coastal areas.
- Garden care: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In mid or late spring lightly cut back any shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant. After pruning apply a generous 5-7 cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.