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Gaultheria mucronata 'Sneeuwwitje' (f)

prickly heath 'Sneeuwwitje'

prickly heath 'Sneeuwwitje'

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  • Other common names prickly heath 'Sneeuwwitje'

  • Synonyms Gaultheria mucronata SNOW WHITE
    Gaultheria mucronata 'Snow White'

  • Family Ericaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details 'Sneeuwwitje' is a suckering, evergreen shrub, to 1.2m tall, with small, spine-tipped, dark green leaves. Small, white, urn-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer are followed, when pollinated by a male plant, by large, white fruits often with some pink spotting

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Suckering

  • Toxicity All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

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

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 Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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