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Commonly known as Knockaway, Sandpaper tree
A Mexican and US species with reddish-brown to grey bark which peels. The leaves have a remarkably rough texture. Abundant white flowers which make the tree seem as if it is covered in snow
Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of Origin - Mexico, southern Texas.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Height - 5m (16ft)
Spread - 5m (16ft)
Semi-evergreen - Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well. - replaces some leaves in spring.Elliptic to oblong dark green leaves to 8cm (3in) long.
Tree - often produces suckers or multiple trunks.
fertile well drained soil - moderately fertile. Shelter from cold, drying winds.
Rounded to broadly spreading
Ehretia - Growing Guide
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- How to plant a tree
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Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.