Outdoor Versatile Escallonia Shrubs
Escallonia shrubs are versatile shrubs perfect for a flowering hedge or specimen planting. These shrubs are used to create visual and wind barriers. Escallonia shrubs grows in a dense thicket-like manner and keeps its leaves all year to create a hedge that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. It is notably tolerant of salt spray, ocean air and high winds, making it a good wind barrier in difficult coastal climates. It grows best in cool, temperate areas where the temperatures do not drop much below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Escallonia grows to a total height of about 9 feet (3 meters) with a growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (about 30 to 45 cm) per year. The individual plants are spaced 18 inches (45 cm) apart to create a thick, even hedge. The leaves are glossy green and give off a scent that resembles rich curry spices.
Escallonia shrubs can tolerate both heavily acidic and heavily alkaline soils and any range in between. The plant is tolerant of soils ranging from heavy clay to rocky or sandy, as long as there is adequate drainage. It does not tolerate shade well and will flourish only if planted in full sun. The shrubs benefit from yearly light pruning to take out dead wood and maintain a basic shape. In the case of a formal, rigorously shaped hedge, escallonia will flourish under constant trimming and shaping.