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: (2002). Grossulariaceae. In: . 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.