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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.
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MELIANTHUS major

Commonly known as Honey bush

Handsome architectural evergreen for the herbaceous border in milder climates. Bluish green pinnate leaves and crimson tubular flowers
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Seeds £6.00 per packet

Available late spring to early summer 2021 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.
£16.00 each

Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2021
plant size comparison icon 2 to 3 Litre
  • Evergreen - spreading, pinnate leaves 30-50cm (12-20in) long have 9-17 closely set, oval leaflets.
  • Red
  • Height - 2-3m (6½-10ft)
  • Spread - 1-3m (3-10ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - erect to spreading shrub with robust, hollow stems mostly near ground level. Flowers, 2.5cm (1in) long.
  • 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 sun - provide shelter from cold winds.
  • Additional Features - Architectural interest -
  • Pests & Diseases - red spider mite under glass
  • Place of origin - South Africa
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
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  • Flower Shape - Racemes - - spike-like racemes 30-80cm (12-32in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Patio / pot plants -
  • Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf Colour (if not green) - Blue -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Pruning group 5 - Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
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  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
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Melianthus - Growing Guide
2-3m (6½-10ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1-3m (3-10ft)
 

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