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Escallonia rubra 'Crimson Spire'
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escallonia 'Crimson Spire'

'Crimson Spire' is a vigorous medium-sized evergreen shrub with rather large glossy dark green leaves. Flowers bright deep crimson, in compact racemes in summer and early autumn

Synonyms
Escallonia 'Crimson Spire'
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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn Red Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Escalloniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Escallonia are evergreen shrubs with glossy, leathery, toothed leaves, sometimes sticky, and 5-petalled white, pink or red flowers in terminal racemes or panicles in summer and early autumn

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold, drying winds

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or hardwood cuttings from late autumn to winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

Scale insects may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by Escallonia leaf spot

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