Spring Torch Heather
Calluna vulgaris 'Spring Torch'
Spring Torch Heather foliage
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Other Names: Scotch Heather, Ling Heather
A variety with spikes of mauve-pink bell-shaped flowers and new foliage in shades of orange, pink, and red; great as a color contrasting groundcover; flowers throughout summer; very particular about growing conditions, needs acidic organic soil
Spring Torch Heather features tiny spikes of pink bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to mid fall. It has attractive green foliage which emerges rose in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Spring Torch Heather is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Spring Torch Heather is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Spring Torch Heather will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Spring Torch Heather makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.