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Correa 'Summer Belle'

ACC 1302

ORIGIN: Garden seedling fromNeil Marriott of Stawell in Victoria. Application prepared by Maria Hitchcock on behalf of the Australian Native Plants Society, Correa Study Group.

DESCRIPTION: Small dense spreading shrub growing to 1 m x 1 m with shiny foliage. Mature leaves opposite, 30 mm x 11 mm in size, elliptical, apex acute, margin slightly irregular and tending to recurve, dark glossy green, slightly scabrous and glabrous on top, regularly pitted with sparsely scattered pale coloured stellate hairs on the margins. Underside of leaves paler green, densely covered with minute tan coloured stellate hairs. Petiole 4mm, light green, thickly covered with tan coloured stellate hairs. Calyx 4.5 mm x 6 mm, tan coloured, square shaped, with minute calyx teeth present, covered with numerous small tan coloured stellate hairs becoming sparser towards the corolla. Pedicel 3 mm. Corolla 33 mm x 8 mm, rose pink colour to the split covered with numerous small rose coloured stellate hairs. Petal tips pale green covered with pale green stellate hairs grading to tan and becoming denser at the tip. Underside of corolla tips pale green and glabrous then changing to a pink throat. Stamens 8, strongly exerted from the corolla, 38 mm long, filaments very fine and pale green, strongly widened towards the base. Anthers bright yellow, 3 mm long. Style 33 mm long. Peak flowering is in summer and continues through to winter.

DIAGNOSIS: This cultivar resembles C. glabra var turnbullii in foliage. Leaves are glossy green and aromatic when crushed. Differs from C. ‘ Mt Barker Beauty ’ which has shorter flowers and a green calyx. The flowers of C. ‘ Mt Barker Beauty ’ are also darker red and green and the colour change from red to green occurs further up the corolla from the split. Mature leaves of C. ‘ Mt Barker Beauty ’ are longer and wider. Differs from other C.glabra var turnbullii varieties which have much shorter, narrower and paler pink flowers with highly exerted stamens. Calyx of C.glabra var turnbullii is green rather than tan and mature leaves are longer. The flowers of C. ‘Summer Belle’ are larger than the usual C. glabra var turnbullii varieties.

RHS Colour chart 1995:

Leaves: Green group 137B/C

Corolla: Red group 45A, 145B

CULTIVATION: Does best in well-drained soil in either full sun or light shade. Adaptable to most soil types. Will grow vigorously with regular watering but does not like being water-logged. Frost and drought hardy. May be hedged. Highly attractive plant in flower. Would suit rockeries, shrub borders or large tubs. Prune annually to maintain compact shape. Highly bird attractive. Cuttings strike readily.