ESCALLONIA

FLOWERING SHRUB. These are handsome evergreen shrubs growing to about 9 ft. They are not fully hardy, except in the southwest. They are at their best in seaside gardens and are especially successful in Ireland where they are frequently used as hedges and windbreaks. The pink or red flowers appear in June and July and continue over a long period. Escallonias are not fussy about soil and may be increased by cuttings of firm young shoots in August.

Good varieties include: Apple Blossom with soft pink chalice-shaped blooms; Donard Radiance, dark pink; Peach Blossom with peach-pink blooms; Pride of Donard, rich red. Escallonia iveyi bears large panicles of white flowers in early autumn.

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