Plant ID forum: ID Help, Please...Escallonia?

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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jun 9, 2017 4:40 PM CST
I drive this street every day for 3 years and suddenly this shrub jumps out at me...the first thought was some kind of Escallonia, though Escallonia is much used around here for hedging and I've not seen one like this. I went back this morning to get out and take a better look and it does look like an Escallonia, but with small leaves and smaller flowers....in checking Escallonias, I see one called 'Apple Blossom'...could this be an Apple Blossom Escallonia? It's the only one like this that I've seen around here, though usually they've been pruned and would not be so obvious...

TIA
Sherry



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"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
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islander
Jun 9, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Yes, looks like Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jun 9, 2017 4:53 PM CST
Thank You very much, islander....!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
Dahlias Region: Pacific Northwest Cut Flowers Keeper of Poultry Region: Canadian Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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islander
Jun 9, 2017 5:35 PM CST
np. They are easy to strike from cuttings or root cuttings.
He who plants a garden plants happiness.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jun 9, 2017 5:47 PM CST
I'd not been familiar with escallonia...not used as much in SoCal, but used extensively here in NorthWestern Ca. We have an escallonia hedge mixed with privet and when we first got up here, when it was not in bloom, I didn't know what it was. Of course, they're usually 'hedge trimmed' around here and to see this one left natural is much preferred to me.....It is the only one that I've seen here and I can't imagine why...except for the fact that there are few nurseries here, we're rather cut off and I'm assuming that the regular dark pink form has been passed around for years. Yes, I'm sure that cuttings would be easy with this and I see that I also seem to have volunteers not far from my hedge, up against the house foundation......I will see if my friend up the Coast has this or knows someone who does for cuttings...before approaching the owners of the one pictured...lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
Dahlias Region: Pacific Northwest Cut Flowers Keeper of Poultry Region: Canadian Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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islander
Jun 9, 2017 5:54 PM CST
I have a bunch of Escallonia on the front fence and they are tough. You can cut them right back to the ground and they return happily. Almost verging on invasive but not. There was a very short cultivar at SF Botanical Garden and there's a nice variegated one out there. I agree - I also like the tree/large bush form and they remind me of the Escallonia trees I noticed in Peru in the mountains. They are often mixed with Ceanothus for hedging around here.
He who plants a garden plants happiness.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jun 9, 2017 6:00 PM CST
That sounds like a beautiful combo!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jun 9, 2017 7:27 PM CST
I have only one ceanothus and am currently trying to squeeze in the plants that I don't have room for...as i drool over the apple blossom escallonia, I do wonder where I'd put it...lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....

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