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Calluna vulgaris 'Robert Chapman' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Red in Spring and Winter
Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

heather 'Robert Chapman'

Family

Ericaceae


Calluna are low-growing or dwarf evergreen shrubs with stems clothed in tiny overlapping leaves, and terminal, spike-like racemes of small, 4-petalled flowers with coloured calyces

'Robert Chapman' is a compact evergreen shrub to 25cm, with golden-yellow foliage which turns coppery-red in winter and spring, and racemes of light purple flowers from late summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained acidic soil in full sun

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to fungal diseases