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Erica × veitchii 'Exeter' AGM

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© RHS 1995

Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

heather 'Exeter'

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

'Exeter' is a bushy evergreen shrub to 2m in height, with erect branches bearing bright green foliage. Fragrant white flowers are carried in cylindrical plumes up to 30cm in length from late winter

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sunny position; whilst it prefers acid soil it will tolerate alkaline

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, Banks and Slopes, Ground Cover or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases