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Calluna vulgaris 'Sir John Charrington'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Pale Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

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

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 'Sir John Charrington'

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

'Sir John Charrington' is a spreading evergreen shrub, compact in habit, with foliage yellow and orange in summer, becoming reddish in winter. Flowers mauve-pink in short racemes

Other common names

  • heather 'Sir John Carrington'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained acidic soil

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Ground Cover or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases