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Commonly known as Climbing blueberry, Purple appleberry
EvergreenLinear-lance-shaped, deep-green leaves 1.5-4.5cm (½-1¾in) long.
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingSlender, wiry-stemmed climber. Flowers are followed by oblong-ovoid berries 2cm (¾ in) long.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy 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)
Partial shadeRequires a sheltered site.
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesRed spider mites under glass.Place of originAustralia(New South Wales to Tasmania).
Flower ShapeBell/LanternPendent, solitary, narrowly bell-shaped flowers 2-3cm (¾-1¼in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot 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
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Pruning groupPruning group 6Suitable 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
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.Neutral to acid soil
Buy Varieties of BILLARDIERA longiflora
creamy-white flowers followed by large red berries
rare form with white fruits