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Erica arborea - Tree Heath


Erica arborea - Tree Heath (Erica)

Found this in a nursery today and it was so pretty I couldn't leave it in its very overcrowded pot! Don't know which var. it is, but its a tree heather. Native to Canaries and Mediterranean places, but more or less hardy here. Can grow up to about 4' or more eventually and flowers in spring....usually! At the moment its about a foot high. If it weren't so windy I'd go out in the sun and plant it!



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That looks to have lovely dainty flowers. I love heathers.

24 Feb, 2015

 

I noticed this plant on a garden tour on the Island few years back. It was about 8 feet tall and I fell in love. Bought one but planted it probably in the wrong spot and it died. Or perhaps I did not water it enough first year as I put it in very dry sunny spot by the gate. It would have looked lovely there.

24 Feb, 2015

 

They are not that easy Klahanie. I've lost a couple before by moving them. Why not try again. They like a sunny spot, so I don't think it could have been the position you got wrong. Mind you, having said that, the best one I've grown was in semi shade in Carnoustie. I never moved it and it thrived! It was beautiful all year round. Of course, by the time I left it was only a foot or two tall, but it was so cheerful. They do prefer a slightly acidic soil, but unlike most heathers, they are lime tolerant.

24 Feb, 2015

 

I might try again if I will spot it for sale. We have acidic soil. (Too many Douglas firs on our property.) You are right...it looks nice all year round.
I planted it side by side with ceanothus and that survived in that same spot but is not doing very well. I do not feed it though and it get very little water because I have to haul it there. Our summers are extremely dry.
Good luck with yours Karen, hope it will live long and happy life in your garden :-)

24 Feb, 2015

 

Thank you! I hope so too :)

24 Feb, 2015

 

We grew several tree heathers in the Midlands where they did well and all grew to well over 4 ft we used to trim them to keep them tidy, we grew a super yellow one, cannot remember which one it was now it was a long time ago.......so it will do well with you, not ideal here though....

24 Feb, 2015

 

No, not the right part of the country Angela. But wow, what a garden you have there and this isn't a plant you would be desperate for in any event I guess. My Osteopath asked me what my favourite plant was today. Honestly couldn't even begin to think of a favourite. I could tell her what plants I 'don't' like ...much easier, shorter list! :))

24 Feb, 2015

 

Is yours the golden one,Karen?......you are right they like a sunny position on the acid side.....always stand out in a border....will this be destine for your "Golden Border"?

25 Feb, 2015

 

No Julia. I already have a couple in the Golden border. It didn't come with a label, but it's in flower. None of my other ones even have buds. There is one called 'Spring Smile' so perhaps it's that one.

25 Feb, 2015

 

Karen I would find it difficult to name my favourite also!! Nothing wrong with you I trust? and hopexx

26 Feb, 2015

 

I've PM'd you Angela x

26 Feb, 2015



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