Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’

winter heath

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Outstanding Qualities

Winter heaths provide months of color just when we seems to need it most. 'Springwood White' has hundreds of small, urn-shaped, grey-white flowers from December until May. It is an evergreen shrub with a low, spreading to trailing habit, making it an excellent groundcover for sunny locations or for adding interest to winter containers. It can also be used to trail over retaining walls. Its needle-like leaves are bright green. This cultivar has been grown in Pacific Northwest gardens, including extensive plantings at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, B.C, for decades and is a reliable performer. If you would like a heath with bright white flowers, consider Erica x darleyensis 'White Perfection'.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 4 in. (0.40 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, variegated, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, lavender, rose

Culture Notes
Heath produces the most flowers in full sun. It prefers a location with well-drained or sandy soil and it is best to water regularly during dry weather. Newly planted heath can dry out quickly once planted so it is important to water often and deeply when the plant is young. It can also be helpful to soak the plant in a bucket of water to fully saturate the soil before planting. After the blossoms have faded a light shearing will remove most of the faded flowers and promote dense growth.