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Erica carnea f. aureifolia 'Sunshine Rambler'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Red and Yellow in Winter
Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

heather 'Sunshine Rambler'

Family

Ericaceae


Erica can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs with fine, needle-like leaves in whorls, and racemes or panicles of small, bell-shaped or tubular flowers

'Sunshine Rambler' is a prostrate evergreen shrub to 20cm in height, with yellow foliage, becoming red-tinged in winter, and racemes of light rosy-pink flowers from late winter

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained acidic soil in full sun

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Ground Cover or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to fungal diseases