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Hebe vernicosa (Varnished hebe)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Hebe vernicosa

Other names

Varnished hebe

Genus

Hebe Hebe

Species

H. vernicosa - H. vernicosa is a compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with small, glossy, dark green leaves and racemes of small white or pale blue flowers in early summer.


Hebe vernicosa is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Dense, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White, Pale-blue in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Downy mildew , Leaf spot Downy mildew , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Hebe vernicosa (Varnished hebe) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained or well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Protect from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Hebe vernicosa

Other names

Varnished hebe

Genus

Hebe Hebe

Species

H. vernicosa - H. vernicosa is a compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with small, glossy, dark green leaves and racemes of small white or pale blue flowers in early summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Dense, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White, Pale-blue in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Hebe vernicosa (Varnished hebe) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained or well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Protect from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Hebe vernicosa (Varnished hebe)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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