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Erica terminalis

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Corsican heath

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

E. terminalis is a bushy evergreen tree-heath making an erect small shrub with mid-green foliage and rose-pink flowers in terminal clusters in summer and early autumn; the rusty-brown faded flowers persist well into winter

Other common names

  • upright heath

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in fertile but but well-drained soil in a warm frost-free area. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full or bright filtered light. Tip prune in spring to promote branching.

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by leaf-bud or stem tip cuttings, or by layering in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pests

Prone to glasshouse red spider mite and scale insects under glass

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases