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Corokia × virgata

hybrid wire-netting bush

C. x virgata is a shrub up to 2m high (maybe up to 5m in mild sheltered areas) with silvery, wiry twisted stems, green leaves with silvery-white undersides, and starry yellow five-petalled flowers in late spring or early summer, followed by small, bright orange fruits

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver Yellow Green Grey Silver
Summer Grey Silver Yellow Green Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver Green Grey Silver Orange
Winter Grey Silver Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Argophyllaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Corokia are evergreen shrubs with leathery leaves and small, bright yellow, star-shaped flowers followed by red,yellow or orange berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
New Zealand

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade in a sheltered position, such as next to a south-facing wall; in mild areas it may be grown as a free-standing shrub or as a hedge

Propagation

Propagate by basal semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Coastal
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8 (early-flowering evergreen shrubs) - usually no pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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