This native of South West Ireland and the Mediterranean is unusually (for an ericaceous plant) tolerant of lime.
It is a small evergreen with brown shedding park and its flowers and fruits are produced together in the autumn.
A good choice for exposed and coastal sites it is also good for urban plantings.
A winner of the Award of Garden Merit in 2002 and of a First Class Certificate in 1933 it does well in most soil types but prefers it moist.
Don’t be afraid to hard prune if it is getting untidy as if this is done in late March / April it grows back beautifully.
We grow it as both a bushy shrub and a full standard tree.
Young shoots are tinged red which contrasts well against the dark green leaves.
We stock these as both single and multi-stemmed
Mature height: 3-7m
Mature spread: 4-6m