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Correa reflexa
  • RHS AGM

common correa

An evergreen shrub, erect to prostrate, bearing rich green leaves to 5cm long, white-felted beneath. Tubular flowers are green, white, pink or red 2-2.5cm long sometimes with green or cream reflexed petal tips. The flowers are produced in small clusters mainly from autumn to spring

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Red White Green
Summer
Autumn Pink Red White Green
Winter Pink Red White Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Rutaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Correa are evergreen shrubs with lance-shaped to rounded leaves, scurfy beneath, and solitary or clustered tubular flowers with 4 spreading lobes

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Australia

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass grow in ericaceous potting compost in full light with shade from hot sun and with good ventilation. Water moderately in summer and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth. Tolerant of mildly alkaline soil. Container grown plants can be kept more compact

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 13-18°C in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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