Escallonia ´ langleyensis Grossulariaceae, Escalloniaceae
Langley Escallonia es-ka-LON-ee-a X lang-lee-EN-sis
- Broadleaf evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub, 5-6 ft (1.5-1.8 m), arching. Leaves alternate, simple, 1-4 cm long, narrow oval to obovate, toothed or serrated margin, dark green above, paler below. Brownish spots (glands) on stems and leaves. Flowers solitary or in small clusters, from white to pink to light red, about 1.5 cm wide, on short branchlets. Blooms in late spring and throughout the summer.
- Sun, tolerant of sea breezes and a range of soils.
- Several cultivars, many have been developed by the Slieve Donard Nursery in North Ireland, including:
- 'Apple Blossom' - pale pink flowers, best know of the E. ´ langleyensis hybrids, it can be a sprawling shrub unless pinched or cut back, blooms sporadically during the summer, but greatest in late spring
- 'Donard Gem' - fragrant pink flowers, compact shrub to 3 ft (0.9 m) or so
- 'Donard White' - white flowers, pink in bud, long flowering period, about 3 ft (0.9 m)
- 'Donard Scarlet' - scarlet flowers, upright, narrow, about 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) high
- 'Pride of Donard' - large scarlet-pink flowers, glossy, deep green leaves, to 5 ft (1.5 m), wider than tall, long blooming period
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Escallonia are native to South America, principally Chile. E. ´ langleyensis is a garden hybrid of E. virgata ´ E. rubra.
- Escallonia: after Senor Escallon, a Spanish traveler in South America; langleyensis: of Langley, were hybrid was raised in 1893.