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Pink Princess Escallonia   Frades (Escallonia exoniensis x exoniensis)

Escallonia is endemic to the woodlands, scrubs, and mountains of South America. Leaves are sometimes aromatic.

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Plant Types: Perennial, Shrub
Light: Full Sun
Height: 4 feet to 6 feet
Width: 4 feet to 6 feet
Zones: 7a to 9b
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Seasons: Mid spring, Late spring, Early fall, Mid fall
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage
Shape: Rounded
Fertilizer: Blood Meal, Fish Emulsion, High-Nitrogen Fertilizer
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Plant Care
Planting:

Propagate using semi-ripe cuttings or softwood cuttings in summer. Or take hardwood cuttings in between late fall and winter. Semi-ripe cuttings are cuttings taken from semi-mature wood and softwood cuttings are cuttings taken from young, non-woody growth. Hardwood cuttings are cuttings taken from mature wood.

Plant Growth:

Evergreen shrubs. Escallonia grows best in full sun and with shelter from cold, dry winds. Works well in a shrub border, as a hedge, screen, or against wall, especially in coastal regions. If there is a danger of frost, cover your Escallonia with a drop cloth.

Blooming:

Your Escallonia may bloom at least sparcely almost year round, but heavy blooming will occur in summer. Water regularly for fuller blooming.

Soil and Irrigation:

Does not tolerate alkaline soil. Does best in well-draining soil that is fertile. Once established, your Escallonia will be drought tollerant.

Fertilization:

Use a nitrogen rich fertilizer in early spring and in early summer use a balanced mixture. Do not fertilize near the end of the growing season, as you do not want tender new growth during the winter.

Pruning:

In cold climates, prune in early spring, otherwise wait until right after the plant has finished flowering. Trim back a third of old growth promoting new, denser branches with more flowers.

Pests:

Uncommon.