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Vaccinium vitis-idaea Koralle Group AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

cowberry Koralle Group

Family

Ericaceae


Vaccinium can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees, with simple leaves and small, bell- or urn-shaped flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries

Koralle Group is a bushy dwarf evergreen shrub with neat, lustrous, leathery, obovate dark green leaves and terminal racemes of small, pink, bell-shaped flowers, followed by bright red berries 10mm in width

Synonym(s)

  • Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Korale'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows well in extremely acid soils that are moist but well-drained. Tolerant of shade and woodland edges. Susceptible to frost damage and delayed flowering in colder climes

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in mid to late summer or layer in mid-summer. Propagate by seed sown, in containers, in a cold-frame in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Ground Cover


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Can be affected by root rot