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Gaultheria Genus

Canada Ted

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade or Shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich, Peaty
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Gaultheria genus (Canada Ted). This genus consists of shrubs and sub shrubs the leaves are attractive, glossy and fragrant when crushed. The flowers are bell-shaped in pink or white shades. The fruits are also aromatic and berry-like. They are fully to half hardy, and will require shade or semi-shade with moist, peaty acidic soil. You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, or by seeds in the autumn.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Mountain tea, Wintergreen

Origin

Asia and S.America

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits. Good for ground cover.

Cultivation

Provided soil is permanently moist, will tolerate sun.

Propagation

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn or, for G.shallon and G.trichophylla, by division in autumn or spring.

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