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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Calluna vulgaris 'Red Fred'
syn. Erica vulgaris 'Red Fred'
Pronounced: kah-LOO-nah vul-GAH-ris
Sunset zones: 1A, 2-6, 15-17.
USDA: zones 3-8.
Height: 14 inches (35 cm).
Width: 18 inches (45 cm).
August to September.
Lilac-pink, bell-shaped flowers on long racemes.
Leaves are 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, dark green and scale-like. New growth is brilliant red.
Humous rich, well-drained soil with ph on the acidic side.
Side dress with a complete organic fertilizer in spring. Do not feed excessively, keep on the lean side.
Semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer.
Layer in spring.
It's important to prune in spring to keep the plant from becoming straggly. Don't cut into woody barren areas of the branch, cut where there are leaves. A light shearing every year will keep it in good shape. I normally cut just below the spent flower.
Rainy Side Notes
Calluna 'Red Fred' received its name when it was found growing close to C. 'Fred J. Chapple' with its new growth redder then the latter Fred. Sounds like a Dr. Seuss story to me.
Three of these small shrubs light up my garden in spring with their brilliant red foliage. Later it disappears into the landscape as green, until it begins to flower in August and September.
Photographed in author's garden.