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Heimia salicifolia

willow-leaf heimia

H. salicifolia is a bushy shrub to 3m tall, with narrow, willow-like leaves to 5cm long, and solitary yellow flowers 2.5cm wide in the leaf axils in summer and early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Yellow Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

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

Heimia are deciduous shrubs with small, untoothed leaves in pairs, and yellow, purple or blue flowers in the leaf axils

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S USA, C & S America

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How to grow

Cultivation

Outdoors grow a sheltered spot in full sun and well-drained soil. During the winter the top growth can be killed by frost, but often regenerates from the base. Provide deep dry mulch such as bark or bracken. Under glass grow containers using loam based compost such as John Innes No.2. with added grit or sharp sand. Reduce watering in winter

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-ripe cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Cut back frost damaged growth in spring

Pests

Under cover can suffer from common glasshouse pests

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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