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Escallonia macrantha wins this winter!!! It proved to be really a hardy shrub. I bought 6 of them last autumn from Plants Direct on eBay, which I have to recommend wide and far for its exceptional services and conduct.
Plants came packed securely, all staked and labelled ,with instructions on planting and after care.
I planted them in separate containers, as instructed and watered as needed. Until winter, when suddenly we got 5 inches of snow and -7 Celsius degrees frosts... I held my breath for quite long time to see how my newly planted shrubs are doing in truly harsh conditions... And guess what, not a blemish on the leaves (they're evergreens) , not a blister on twigs... I'm so happy my investments will have a good chance to flourish this summer. They all do just as good. Thanks to a good advisor from Plants Direct on eBay, I made a terrific choice purchasing the most suitable plant for the purpose of screening my "street side" windows. Escallonia macrantha super hardy shrub for many winters to come. I breathe easily now ...;)
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com under the name: gina.
In my 20 years experience as a grower I have propagated and grown many shrubs, the escallonia being one of them. It is easy to propagate and grow and will withstand most british winters, it will tolerate a higher pH than most other shrubs and some types tolerate salt winds it is therefore often seen planted along costal areas. They are evergreen some have pungent leaves when cushed and all flower in profusion in the summer / early autumn, mainly red and pink but the variety Iveyi has waxy icing cake, white flowers and scallonia apple blossom is very nice with clusters of pink and white flowers, mimicing the true apple blossom They are nice to have as a single specimen or next to a wall possibly instead of ceanothus that hasn't faired so well this winter? They also make excellent hedges and windbreaks although Escallonia woodside is a dwarf form and is the exception .
Genus of South American evergreen trees and shrubs in the family Grossulariaceae, order Rosales, comprising about 50 species. Members of the genus are found mainly in mountainous areas - notably in the Andes Mountains - although species in the temperate, southernmost portions of the range grow near the sea. Shiny-leaved Escallonia shrubs (e.g., E. langleyensis) are cultivated for their attractive, often aromatic, clusters of white, pink, or red flowers