Escallonia bifida Link & Otto

Evergreen shrub to 3 m or so tall. Young shoots angled. Leaves mostly 4-8 cm long, 1-1.5 cm wide, oblanceolate, base tapered to the stalk; margin finely toothed. Flowers in a terminal cluster; autumn. Petals obovate, spreading, white. Fruit about 4 mm wide.

E. ×rockii Eastw. 'Fretheyi' is a clonal selection of the hybrid E. bifida  × E. rubra var. macrantha and was widely grown 20-30 years ago. This is an upright bush to 3 m or so tall with leaves 4-6 cm long; it has pale pink flowers in cone-shaped clusters to 10 cm or more long and leaves with sharp-toothed edges. Probably originated in New Zealand.

Syn. E. montevidensis (Cham. &Schltdl.) DC.

Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Grossulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Escalloniales
family       Escalloniaceae
genus        Escallonia Mutis