AWARD

DESFONTAINEA spinosa

Commonly known as Chilean holly

Red tubular flowers tipped yellow hang amidst glossy green, holly-like leaves from midsummer to late autumn
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    smooth, spiny, dark-green leaves to 6cm (2½in) long.
  • Red
    Red and yellow tipped
  • Height
    To 2m (6½ft)
  • Spread
    To 2m (6½ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Dense, bushy shrub. Produces pendent flowers from the upper leaf axils.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full shade
    To dappled shade

DESFONTAINEA spinosa

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Introduced by Cornish plant hunter William Lobb in the mid 1800s
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Andes (from Colombia to Straits of Magellan)
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Tubular
    To 4cm (1½in) long
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
    Peaty, moist soil
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Desfontanea - Growing Guide
to 2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  to 2m (6½ft)
 

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