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Escallonia rosea Griseb.

Modern name

Escallonia rosea Griseb.


E. pterocladon Hook.; E. montana Phil.

An evergreen, bushy shrub usually 4 to 8 ft high, but twice as high when trained against a wall, or grown in very mild localities; branchlets downy and distinctly angled. Leaves narrowly obovate, 13 to 1 in. long, 18 to 14 in. wide; tapering at the base to a very short stalk, toothed; dark shining green above, paler beneath and glabrous on both surfaces except for a line of down on the midrib above. Flowers in slender racemes 112 to 3 in. long, terminating short, rigid, leafy twigs, the lower flowers solitary in the axils of small leaves. Petals white, 13 in. long, spreading at the ends, but erect at the base, and so close together as to form a tube; receptacle glabrous, top-shaped. Flowers fragrant, appearing from June to August. Bot. Mag., t. 4827.

Native of Chile from 390 30’ southward; introduced by Lobb in 1847. It is perhaps safer on a wall in the London district, but in the south and west counties it thrives excellently as a bush in the open. It has proved hardy in the open in the R.H.S. Garden at Wisley, where there are two examples about 6 ft high in Seven Acres. In Co. Wicklow, Ireland, it reached a height of 15 ft.

E. ‘Newryensis’. – A hybrid between E. rosea (pterocladon) and E. ‘Langleyensis’, raised at the Daisy Hill Nursery, Newry, Co. Down. It is said to be fast-growing and to make a good shelter-plant in milder parts.



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