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Escallonia laevis - (Vell.)Sleum.                
Common Name Escallonia
Family Escalloniaceae
Synonyms E. organensis. Vigiera laevis.
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Ravines in the Organ mountains[11].
Range S. America - Brazil.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun


Physical Characteristics       
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Escallonia laevis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft 7in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : 7-10

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Escallonia laevis Escallonia
Escallonia laevis Escallonia
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

Very tolerant of extreme maritime exposure, making a very good windbreak hedge[75]. Tolerant of regular and severe pruning, it can regenerate from the base if cut back by frost[200].
Cultivation details                                         
Prefers an open sunny position and a soil that is not too rich, an ordinary sandy loam will suffice[11]. Succeeds in dry soils. Tolerates lime[200]. Only hardy in the milder areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c[200]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be placed in their final positions as soon as possible[200]. A very erect shrub[200].
Seed - we have no details on this plant but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Either put the cuttings in individual pots or pot them up as soon as they start to root. Easy[K]. Cuttings of mature wood in winter. Very easy, just plant the cuttings direct into their final positions, about 95% usually take[29, K]. Keep them moist in a dry spring.
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Botanical References                                         
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  [K] Ken Fern Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.

[11]Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
[29]Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens.
A small but informative booklet giving details of all the hedging plants being grown in the R.H.S. gardens at Wisley in Surrey.
[75]Rosewarne experimental horticultural station. Shelter Trees and Hedges.
A small booklet packed with information on trees and shrubs for hedging and shelterbelts in exposed maritime areas.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

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