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Escallonia - Evergreen Shrub
Family: Escalloniaceae Genus: Escallonia
Escallonia is a genus of flowering plants of the Escalloniaceae family. Commonly used as a hedging plant, it grows about 1 ft per year, and reaches between 4-8 ft in height. It is happy in coastal areas, but not very tolerant of dry winds.
Escallonia flowers from April to August / June to October / October to January depending on location and variety. It has masses of rosy crimson flowers, with a honey fragrance, and grows to be 5-10 ft.
Grows well in any moist but well drained soils in half shade to full sun.
Cut back by a third to a half of newest growth after flowering.
Do not eat any part of the plant.
We bought our Escallonia - var. Red Elf as a 30cm high pot plant from Morrisons Supermarket in 2011 for just £2.00!
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