Erica lusitanica originates in southwest France, Spain and Portugal. These tree heaths need acid soil. They are quite drought tolerant. They have naturalized in Northern California along the freeways and are successfully competing with the dreaded Scotch Broom.

 

Zone 7 (0 degrees) and warmer. Take off heavy snow loads to avoid breakage.

Cultivar

Flower Color

Time of
Bloom

Height and Width
in approx. 4 yrs

Foliage

Winter

Foliage

Comments

George Hunt *

pink buds white flowers

Mar-April

upright 28 x 18

bright dark

yellow

 

superb foliage needs a more protected site

lusitanica * +

pink buds white flowers

Jan-May

upright 4' x 28"

medium green

 

superb foliage needs a more protected site

Sheffield Park *

pink buds white flowers

Dec-May

upright 28 x 18

medium green

 

buds deeper pink and flowers more white than the species above