Hebe 'RED EDGE'

Hebe
Hebe 'RED EDGE'
hebe, veronica
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.2-0.4m
USUAL WIDTH 0.6-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:blue-green a purple red
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS pink
BLOOMING TIME June - June
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Red Edge is a unique hebe variety with purple red hues on autumn and winter foliage. The leaves are evergreen, small, broadly oval, pale green to grey green. In June it produces terminal clusters of small, pink flowers. It grows slowly to medium fast, spreading outwards, forming a neat cushion. It needs no or very little pruning. It can be clipped in early spring after all frosts or after flowering in early summer.

Hebes need very well-drained but constantly moist, poor or medium fertile soil that is anything from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. It needs good mulching at all times. They originate in New Zealand i.e. a country with high air humidity and mild winters, therefore we choose only the hardies species and varieties for our climate. They are commonly distinguished by small leaves and dwarf growth.

They are hardy on sites sheltered from strong, drying winds, and hidden from direct winter sunlight to about -24°C (USDA zone 6). Species and varieties with small, pale green leaves are commonly hardier than rich green plants, still we do not recommend them for lower zones than 6. Adult hebes usually regenerate readily after harsh winter damage if they are well-established. If necessary, protect them with fir branches or white woven. They can be grown with no protection in USDA zone 7 and higher.

Last update 11-03-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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