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Colletia cruciata

Vicious little evergreen shrub from Patagonia with delicious almond scented flowers beloved by all self respecting butterflies with a healthy disregard for their own safety. The entire plant appears to be made up of little models of nose to tail Vulcan bombers. Or are they Concordes?

Lots of light and reasonably well drained soil and plant where you don’t want people to go. A botanical curiosity. Why would you grow it in your garden? Why do we grow it? Absolutely no idea. We always have and we always will. We can’t help ourselves.

Propagated by us from cuttings. Either originally from the Chelsea Physic Garden or Borde Hill in Sussex. Can’t remember.


N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

Hardiness traffic light amber

Hardiness level Amber

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Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.