Gardening / Shrubs

Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom’

Photo Compliments of Lauren Tucker

Photo Compliments of Lauren Tucker

Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom’

Escallonia langleyensis ‘Apple Blossom’ or Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom’ is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with graceful arching branches and solid compact growth that will reach a height of 5 to 6 feet at maturity.  It is grown for its glossy green, alternate, simple, 1 to 2 inch leaves that are long, narrow oval to obovate, toothed, and a beautiful dark green. Flowers are solitary or in small clusters, soft pink with white center that open from pink buds, about 1.5 cm width.  The neat glossy evergreen foliage offers a perfect background to smaller plants, and makes a fine hedge.  The flowering period is mid-summer to early autumn (flowering period is 6 to 8 weeks). It can be used as an informal, flowering hedge.  It will grow in any reasonable garden soil which is not too waterlogged and copes well with dry conditions. The only drawback is the narrow range of Hardiness Zones where it will thrive; it grows best in Zone 8 and 9 and it does not do well where it is hit by cold winds.

Additional Information

Plant Type: Shrub

Height:  4 to 5 feet

Width-Spread: 4 to 5 feet

Habit: Bushy, upright

Rate of Growth: Moderate

Foliage: Evergreen

Special Interests: Flowers

Applications: Borders or informal hedging

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Maintenance: None, very undemanding

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 9 (Not a universal plant)

Sun: Full sun

Moisture Requirement: Dry to moist

Soil Type: Slightly acid to slightly lime

Water: Moderate

Flower Color: Pink, white

Flower Period:   Mid-summer to early autumn

Flower Size: Small

Foliage Color: Full bodied green

Time to Take Cuttings: April to July

Attracts:  Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds



  1. This is a beautiful shrub!
    Charlie, I find that I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out which is the latest post on this new page layout. Is there an easy way to do so that I’m missing?
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    • If you select the category across the top (gardening for example) it will take you to that category and list from latest to to oldest. Same thing is true in the eight boxes below. Escallonia is the latest post and shows up in the box. If you go to the Gardening which is a link it will take you to that page and list latest to the oldest. I will look at adding a box down the right side that shows all posts latest to oldest; that should help.

  2. Oh now, that is lovely. I suppose it’s not a good enough reason, in and of itself, though, to move to Zone 8 or 9!

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