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Erica canaliculata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

channelled 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. canaliculata is a bushy tree heath making an evergreen shrub to 2m, with tiny, dark green, linear leaves and large sprays of white or pink-tinged bells 3mm in length, with conspicuous protruding brown anthers

Synonym(s)

  • Erica melanthera

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
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pests

Prone to glasshouse red spider mite and scale insects under glass

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases