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Commonly known as Climbing blueberry, Purple appleberry
Linear-lance-shaped, deep-green leaves 1.5-4.5cm (½-1¾in) long.
Climber Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging
Slender, wiry-stemmed climber. Flowers are followed by oblong-ovoid berries 2cm (¾ in) 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)
Requires a sheltered site.
Pests & Diseases - red spider mites under glass.
Place of origin
Australia(New South Wales to Tasmania).
Bell/Lantern - pendent, solitary, narrowly bell-shaped flowers 2-3cm (¾-1¼in) long
Greenhouse / conservatory Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
Frost hardy (down to -5)
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
Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
Neutral to acid soil
Buy Varieties of BILLARDIERA longiflora
Creamy-white flowers followed by large red berries
Rare form with white fruits