Correa reflexa 'Kangaroo Island'

ArbutusOmnedo 10/24July 22, 2014

Hi there!

I'm in Coastal Southern California where there is no frost in the Winter and temps rarely exceed the 80s during Summer. I have had some success with Correa pulchella hybrids here as well as the cultivar 'Ivory Bells.'

Is there anything unique about reflexas that would help me get the most of this plant? Not many people grow Correa around here that I notice -a lot more Leucodendron and Protea- but this climate seems very similar to many of the 'Mediterranean' portions of Australia. I'll probably treat it like the other Correa if I don't hear back on this forum. Here's a pic of it in its container.

Jay

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shaxhome

Jay, yes, treat it the same as your C.pulchella and you won't go wrong. Their requirements are similar enough not to make much difference.

One of my favourite species, tough once established, many months of flowering and very easy to propagate from cuttings.

They're also one of the few Oz native plants that can take some phosphorous in their fertilising regime, although in the couple of decades I've been growing them, I only remember giving one dose of some slow-release pellets. Otherwise, as long as their soil is well drained and not totally barren of organic matter, they push on admirably.

But they do seem to like a mulch. I use pine bark and hit it with compost on the rare occasion I have some to spare!.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:05PM
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ArbutusOmnedo 10/24

Thanks for your input!

I really like the reflexas also, but it's hard to find a lot of variety amongst Correa without searching far and wide here in the States. I have only seen them in botanical gardens, but not for sale. It was exciting to finally get one!

I have most of the common varieties available here ('Dusky Bells', 'Ivory Bells', 'Wyn's Wonder', 'Pink Flamingo', and some others) but I'd love to try more reflexes, a lawrenceana like 'Eiffel Tower,' a schlechtendalii, and any other number of the species and named varieties amongst the species besides the many hybrids not available here. I've grown to really love the genus the past few years.

Jay

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 3:44AM
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shaxhome

There is a nursery in the US that specialises in Oz natives and has a very good reputation.

Might be worth contacting them?

Here is a link that might be useful: Oz Natives in USA

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 8:33AM
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justcorreas

Correa reflexa will need regular tip pruning when young to help it get bushy, otherwise it will be leggy and open in habit. Just remember they are native to Australia and not all forms or varieties will be available there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Just Correas

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:23PM
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shaxhome

Justcorreas...nice website. Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 11:53PM
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ArbutusOmnedo 10/24

Thanks for the link. That's actually within driving distance of me, how odd I haven't heard of it before. I'm mostly a poster on the Antique Roses forum and those are my primary gardening focus, but I've been expanding my interests to generally less water hungry plants.

I've actually checked out your site before, justcorreas! Thanks for the wonderful collection of photos and info.

Jay

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:59AM
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justcorreas

Thank you both.

A name change here some years ago if you want to change it for your plant, actually saw Correa glabra var schlechtendalii, change its name to Correa glabra var turnbullii.

Correas are a great plant to grow.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 5:13AM
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