Escallonia 'Iveyi'

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Escallonia 'Iveyi'' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/escallonia/escallonia-iveyi/). Accessed 2021-09-23.

Glossary

apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
hybrid
Plant originating from the cross-fertilisation of genetically distinct individuals (e.g. two species or two subspecies).
lustrous
Smooth and shiny.
keel petal
(in the flowers of some legumes) The two front petals fused together to form a keel-like structure.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Escallonia 'Iveyi'' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/escallonia/escallonia-iveyi/). Accessed 2021-09-23.

Originally found at Caerhays Castle at the foot of plants of E. bifida and E. × exoniensis growing together, this evergreen shrub is assumed to be a hybrid between them, the cross fertilisation having been done by a bee or other insect. It was noticed first by Mr Ivey, a gardener at Caerhays. As a garden shrub it is one of the finest of escallonias. The young shoots are angled and furnished with scattered dark hairs. Leaves mostly oval, tapered at the base, rounded at the apex, finely toothed, 1 to 234 in. long, 34 to 112 in. wide, quite glabrous and of a glittering dark green above, paler and lustrous beneath; stalk 18 to 14 in. long. The flowers are white, 12 in. across, with the terminal part of each petal rounded and recurved; they are produced during late summer and autumn in terminal pyramidal panicles 5 to 6 in. high and about 4 in. wide at the base.

Quite hardy in the south-west, this escallonia has been grown on a west wall at Kew for many years, and although slightly injured in severe winters can be counted as hardy there. Even away from a wall it survived the winters of 1961-3 in many gardens in southern England. Its very dark green, burnished leaves, vigorous growth and fine panicles of white flowers opening in July and August make it one of the finest evergreens.