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Correa 'Ivory Bells' - White Australian Fuchsia
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rutaceae (Citrus)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (C. alba x C. backhousiana)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Correa 'Ivory Bells' (White Australian Fuchsia) - This evergreen shrub grows to 4 to 5 feet tall with equal spread and has oval 1 inch long gray-green densely-hairy leaves on coppery-colored stems and ivory-white bell-shaped flowers with flared petals that hang downwards from branches from late fall well into early spring. Best in cool sun or part shade with occasional to little summer irrigation. It is hardy to around 20 degrees F and tolerant of seaside conditions. This attractive and durable landscape plant brightens the garden in winter and is attractive to nectar eating birds, including hummingbirds. We find it particularly useful for growing under our native live oaks or used as a low screen or accent plant. Though a hybrid of two Australian species, Correa alba and Correa backhousiana, this plant has its origins in the San Francisco bay area. This plant was the result of the hybridizing work in the 1940's of legendary bay area plantsman Victor Reiter Jr. (1903-1986). Mr. Reiter, one of the founders of the California Horticultural Society, has many plants named in his honor and the Arbutus 'Marina' tree in Victor and Carla Reiter's Stanyan Ave yard was the specimen that the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation took its cuttings from when they introduced this tree in 1984. The name for the genus honors Jose Francisco Correia de Serra (17501823), a Portuguese abbot and naturalist. This is without a doubt the toughest of the Australian Fuchsia that we grow and we have offered this plant continuously since 1986. There is a nice article about this plant by Patrice Hanlon on the Heather Farms website titled A Not-So-fussy Winter Bloomer. We have continuously grown this great Australian Fuchsia since 1986. Our plants from the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Correa 'Ivory Bells'.
 
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