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Erica carnea 'Springwood Pink'
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heather 'Springwood Pink'

'Springwood Pink' is a vigorous dwarf shrub 10-15cm high and 45cm wide, with a trailing habit, bronzed new shoots turning to mid-green leaves, and fragrant, clear rose-pink flowers which darken with age, with brown anthers, from midwinter to late spring; most Erica species and cultivars are excellent plants for all types of bees

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Bronze Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Pink Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Erica can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs with fine, needle-like leaves in whorls, and racemes or panicles of small, bell-shaped or tubular flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in full sun, in well-drained, preferably acidic, sandy or organic soil; will grow in poor soils, and will tolerate neutral and mildly alkaline soils, and will tolerate some shade; for more advice, see heather cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings from mid-summer to late summer, or by mound-layering in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Rock garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Pruning group 1 or pruning group 10 after flowering, to maintain compact habit

Pests

Generally pest-free, but rabbits may damage young plants

Diseases

Generally disease-free, but may be affected by Phytophthora root rot, and other fungal diseases, including honey fungus, Pythium, Rhizoctonia, powdery mildews, and leaf spots, especially in warm, wet conditions

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