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Correa pulchella AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Orange, Pink or White in Autumn, Spring or Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

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. pulchella is a lax evergreen shrub with lance-shaped leaves, white-scurfy beneath, and clusters of tubular pink, orange or white flowers with recurved petal tips

Synonym(s)

  • Correa neglecta

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. Tolerant of mildly alkaline soil

Soil

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

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Under glass, scale insects may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free