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Care of the plant Erica arborea or Tree heather.

Care of the shrub Erica arborea or Tree heather

The genus Erica, family Ericaceae, comprises 700 species of shrubs native to Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean region. Some species are: Erica arborea, Erica umbellata, Erica multiflora, Erica hyemalis, Erica gracillis, Erica erigena.

Common names: Tree heather, Tree heath, Giant heather. This species is native to the Mediterranean and North Africa.

They are evergreen shrubs with an erect and compact bearing that reach 5 meters (16.4 feet) in height. They have small, bright green leaves arranged vertically on the branches. The small flowers appear in terminal spikes, are lightly scented and are pink or white. It blooms in late winter and early spring in Mediterranean regions. The wood is highly valued for making pipes.

These slow-growing plants are used for informal hedges, as isolated specimens and in bushy groups. Tree heather combines very well with Retama, Cistus and Arbutus.

Erica arborea can be grown in full sun, semi-shade or shade exposures. It resists occasional frosts.

The soil must be well drained and contain organic matter. It does not tolerate calcareous soils. Transplants or planting are done in spring or fall.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to be well dry. Giant heather resists drought well.

Fertilize in fall with leaf mulch or compost.

Prune dry branches and wilted flower spikes in late spring.

Erica arborea is an easy to grow plant and resistant to pests and diseases.

Tree heath propagates by seeds sown in spring or by cuttings of young shoots in late summer.

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Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Erica arborea