Escallonia, hedge plant


For some it is a small tree, for others a simple bush. Halfway between one and the other the Escallonia beautify gardens no matter which group you belong to.

Perhaps it is not so common to find them in Spain but in South America it is a very common tree, which grows in the Andes area as well as in countries such as Chile or Argentina.

Shrub for hedges

Hedges: Escallonia

La Escallonia is a tree that can be used for ornamental purposes or planted together to create hedges. It is a evergreen species that is common to find in parks and avenues. Also known as Siete Camisas y Escalonia is considered a evergreen shrub very leafy.

It can reach up to two meters in height and is characterized by its stems, which are born from the usually and are usually somewhat arched. Another distinctive aspect is its flowers, which can be seen in the summer and appear on the branches. The flowers occur in panicles, are small and can be pink, red or white. The petals have curved tips and can be separated or joined. The inflorescence is bell-shaped and it is grouped in bouquets, also giving a soft aroma of honey.

Our escallonia leaves They are small and shiny, with serrated edges, while the fruits are small and sphere-shaped, hiding several seeds inside.

Escallonia care

Escallonia flowers

There different species and varieties of Escallonia because different hybrids have been created such as Escallonia rubra, Escallonia Florbunda or Donard Beauty, Entre otras muchas.

Escallonia reproduces by mites and cuttings during the fall as long as it is offered a rich, non-calcareous soil. Ideally, place it in a sunny or partially shaded place. It is important that the land has good drainage as it is not a species that needs too much moisture. An irrigation every three days will be balanced and it is also recommended to add a fertilizer during the coldest seasons of the year such as autumn and winter.

The Escallona is a fairly resistant and rustic species in terms of its care and that is why it is ideal for use in hedges. Its continuous flowering beautifies any garden and only requires a pruning once the flowering is finished, trimming the branches that have given flower.

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