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Correa backhouseana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green and Pale Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Backhouse Australian fuchsia

Family

Rutaceae


Correa are evergreen shrubs with lance-shaped to rounded leaves, scurfy beneath, and solitary or clustered tubular flowers with 4 spreading lobes

C. backhouseana is a spreading evergreen shrub to 2m in height, with small oval leaves with reddish scurf beneath, and pendulous tubular pale yellow-green flowers 2.5cm in length

Synonym(s)

  • Correa backhousiana

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in ericaceous potting compost in full light with shade from hot sun and with good ventilation. Water moderately in summer and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 13-18 °C in spring or by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Under glass, scale insects may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free