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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.


Commonly known as Chilean holly

Genus of one species of evergreen shrub from rainforests and mountain slopes in the Andes.

Generally a terrestrial plant but can grow as an epiphyte.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - holly-like opposite leaves.
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - produces showy, solitary, tubular flowers.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - in areas with high rainfall will tolerate open sites. Otherwise a cool, sheltered shrub border or peat garden.
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - Andes
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving - - peaty, moist soil
Desfontanea - Growing Guide

Buy Varieties of DESFONTAINEA



Commonly known as: Chilean holly.
Red tubular flowers tipped yellow hang amidst glossy green, holly-like leaves from midsummer to late autumn
£20.00 each
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Available Early Spring 2021 - Should be available March/April onwards depending on growing conditions.

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