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Cistus x cyprius (Common gum cistus)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cistus x cyprius

Other names

Common gum cistus

Genus

Cistus Cistus

Species

C. × cyprius - C. × cyprius is a small evergreen shrub with dark-green leaves which are grey beneath, and white flowers with a deep red blotch at base of each petal.


Cistus x cyprius is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow, Dark-red, White in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Prune off any frost damaged shoots in spring. To keep plants tidy and bushy, clip with shears after flowering. Remove about two-thirds of the new growth, but do not cut into old wood as this may kill the plant.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Cistus x cyprius (Common gum cistus) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in late Spring. Will grow in poor soils, but requires full sun and shelter from the wind.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Cistus x cyprius

Other names

Common gum cistus

Genus

Cistus Cistus

Species

C. × cyprius - C. × cyprius is a small evergreen shrub with dark-green leaves which are grey beneath, and white flowers with a deep red blotch at base of each petal.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow, Dark-red, White in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Prune off any frost damaged shoots in spring. To keep plants tidy and bushy, clip with shears after flowering. Remove about two-thirds of the new growth, but do not cut into old wood as this may kill the plant.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cistus x cyprius (Common gum cistus) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in late Spring. Will grow in poor soils, but requires full sun and shelter from the wind.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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