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ERICA carnea 'Springwood White'

Image of Erica carnea 'Springwood White'

James H. Schutte

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

ERICA carnea 'Springwood White'

Plant Common Name

Alpine Heath, Spring Heath, Springwood White Heath, Winter Heath

General Description

The small, low spreading 'Springwood White' is an evergreen subshrub with creamy white buds that open to show white blossoms in late winter and early spring. This is regarded as one of the fastest growing and toughest heaths. Erica carnea hails from the European Alps eastward into eastern Europe. It is a tidy plant with fine, needle-like, green leaves and tiny bell-shaped blooms.

Plant heath in a full sun location with evenly moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. This species is somewhat tolerant of slightly alkaline soil and partial shade, unlike other heaths. If pruning is necessary, do it immediately after it flowers in spring. This is an ideal evergreen for rock gardens and wall edges. It pairs well with other acid-loving plants like wintergreen, azaleas and dwarf conifers.

This cultivar is sometimes referred to as 'Springwood.’

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    12"-14" / 30.5cm - 35.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No