- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 12 - 18 Inches
- Mature Spread 12 - 18 Inches
- Growing Zones 5 - 8
Calluna vulgaris Winter Chocolate is a vibrant variety of heather with year-round color that you have to see to believe. In the spring, its long wands are creamy salmon colored. In the summer, the foliage takes on golden and orange tones with pink tips. Lavender blooms cover the tips from late summer until fall. In winter, the foliage turns rich shades of chocolate and bronze. Its fine texture and outstanding color will take center stage in any garden setting.
This evergreen shrub has a mounding, dense habit that reaches 12 – 18 inches tall and 2 – 3 feet wide. This heather is easy to grow as long as its culture requirements are met. It is waterwise once established and is resistant to deer. It is cold hardy to zone 5 and will retain its colorful foliage all winter. The flowers attract bees and butterflies in the summer months. Use it as a vibrant groundcover or plant it in drifts with other heathers to create a colorful tapestry effect.
Winter Chocolate Heather Care
Winter Chocolate thrives in full sun, which will bring out its best colors. It prefers sandy, well-drained soil with an acidic pH. Alkaline soil can cause chlorosis and poor growth; you can amend such soil with sulfur or peat moss to increase the acidity. Winter Chocolate can be planted any time of the year, except during extreme heat or frost. Water regularly to keep the soil evenly moist, but never let it sit in standing water. Apply a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect the roots from frost and keep the weeds down.
Lightly shear this shrub after flowering to maintain a full, compact appearance. Avoid cutting into old wood because this will stunt new growth.
Winter Chocolate Heather Spacing
For mass planting, space individual plants approximately 2 feet apart on center and stagger the rows to create a natural appearance.If growing in a container, select a pot that is weather resistant with good drainage. The pot diameter should be at least 20 inches.
Winter Chocolate Heather Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
|Plant Type: Bushes
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
|Mature Height: 12 - 18 Inches
|Mature Spread: 2 - 3 Feet
|Spacing: 2 - 3 Feet
|Flower Color(s): Purple
|Bloom Period: Summer
|Foliage Type: Evergreen
|Foliage Color(s): Green
|Foliage Description: Variegated
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
|Uses: Borders, Groundcovers, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
|Common Name: Winter Chocolate Heather
|Scientific Name: CALLUNA VULGARIS `WINTER CHOCOLATE`
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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