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Berzelia intermedia

An evergreen shrub with upright wiry green stems, small mid-green needle like leaves spiral around the stems. The red stems of the flowers are a striking contrast to the clusters of small white pompom blooms, which fade to a creamy pink as they age

Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Red White Green
Autumn Cream Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Bruniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Temp S Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in moist but free draining soil, rich in organic matter, in full sun or semi-shade. They need to be kept almost dry over winter, container grown plants are easier to protect from the worst of the winter cold and wet

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seeds in spring, or take semi-ripe cuttings in late summer with added bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Banks and slopes
Pruning

Unless seed is required, deadhead and prune lightly after flowering, to keep in shape

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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