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Care of the plant Escallonia pulverulenta or Escallonia.

Care of the plant Escallonia pulverulenta or Escallonia

The genus Escallonia, family Escalloniaceae, comprises about 150 species of shrubs and small trees native to the American continent. Some species are: Escallonia pulverulenta, Escallonia rubra, Escallonia illinita, Escallonia revoluta, Escallonia pendula, Escallonia resinosa, Escallonia serrata.

Common name: Escallonia. This species is native to Chile.

They are fast-growing, erect evergreen shrubs that reach 3.5 meters in height. The leaves are light green and slightly wavy. It produces long inflorescences (up to 20 cm in length) filled with small white flowers. They can bloom throughout the summer.

They are used as isolated specimens, in bushy groups and to form hedges and windbreaks. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens. They attract butterflies and bees.

Escallonia pulverulenta needs full sun exposure and a warm-temperate climate. It resists frost down to -10 ºC.

The soil can be a normal well-drained garden soil but they also grow in clay soils and poor soils.

Water moderately, waiting until the substrate has completely dried; they resist drought well.

They do not need fertilizers.

They can be lightly pruned after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring in a sandy seedbed. 

 

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Escallonia pulverulenta
Escallonia pulverulenta
Escallonia pulverulenta