Escallonia × exoniensis Veitch

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

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'Escallonia × exoniensis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/escallonia/escallonia-x-exoniensis/). Accessed 2021-09-21.

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
glandular
Bearing glands.
hybrid
Plant originating from the cross-fertilisation of genetically distinct individuals (e.g. two species or two subspecies).
midrib
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Escallonia × exoniensis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/escallonia/escallonia-x-exoniensis/). Accessed 2021-09-21.

An evergreen shrub or small tree up to 15 or 20 ft high, of quick growth and open, graceful habit; branches ribbed, downy, and slightly glandular. Leaves variable in size, from 12 to 112 in. long, half or less than half as wide; doubly toothed, glossy green above, paler beneath, glabrous on both sides except for a line of down along the midrib above. Flowers white or rose-tinted, produced from June to October in terminal panicles 112 to 3 in. long, petals nearly 12 in. long, the bases forming a tube, the ends expanded. Calyx and flower-stalks downy and glandular.

A hybrid between E. rosea and E. rubra raised in the nurseries of Messrs Veitch of Exeter. It is a most attractive evergreen, flowering more or less continuously from June until the frosts come, and quite as hardy as E. rubra.

Dr Sleumer suggests that the second parent of E. × exoniensis may have been E. rubra var. macrantha. Hybrids between E. rosea and E. rubra also occur in the wild and it may be that the escallonia distributed by Veitch of Exeter under the name E. montana Phil, was a hybrid of this parentage. It was raised from seeds collected by Pearce in Valdivia province.


'Balfourii'

Raised by Sir Isaac Bailey Balfour at the Edinburgh Botanic Garden by crossing ‘a particularly fine form of E. rubra’ with E. rosea. It is a graceful evergreen 10 ft or more high, with drooping twigs, the flowers blush-tinted white, resembling those of E. rosea in their columnar shape and the short limb of each petal.