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Gaultheria mucronata 'Mulberry Wine' (f) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Purple in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

wintergreen 'Mulberry Wine'

Family

Ericaceae


Gaultheria are evergreen, often dioecious, shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and small, bell-shaped white or pink flowers, followed by long lasting fleshy fruits in various colours

'Mulberry Wine' is a small, suckering evergreen shrub forming a dense thicket, with small, spiny, dark green leaves. Flowers small, white, in early summer; fruits magenta-purple, deepening with age

Synonym(s)

  • Pernettya mucronata 'Mulberry Wine'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grows well in acidic peaty soils in partial shade. Will tolerate full sun if soil is constantly moist. Remove suckers to restrict growth. Requires a male plant nearby to produce berries

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Rooted suckers can be detached and potted up in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free