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Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,376

Last summer I bought a Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'  for thruppence in the 'nearly dead' section of the local GC.  I've repotted it and it's healthy and destined for the new 'sunny bed' that we're creating.

It's not a plant I've grown before so please tell me what you know about it, how you treat it and how it treats you.

Also, I'm thinking it might look rather splendid associated with a coppiced Cotinus Royal Purple?

What do you think?  Any other suggestions? 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,560

    The hummingbird hawkmoth likes the species. I don't know this cultivarimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,376

    Well, that's exciting news - thanks Nut image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,207

    Not sure if mine was Forest Blue, but I bought one two years ago.  Last year it produced a few leaves, but looked barely alive.  This year its either still dormant, or deadimage.  I'm hoping its still "getting established"image.  But I live in quite a cold frost pocket, and I think they can be a bit iffy hardiness wise.  Its in full sun on slightly acid quite good soil.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,207

    Just checked - mine too s a Forest Blue like yours.  It had gorgeous colour flowers when I bought itimage

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,376

    Chicky - from what I've read they take a while to get going in the spring.  Mine has just a few glimpses of green showing. 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,560

    Sometimes they die right back in a cold winter. In milder ones the old stems re-shoot. I think some people cut them back to a stump in spring whatever they look like

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,207

    Mine died right back last winter - but looks like there might still be life in the shoots that regrew last summer.  Fingers crossedimage.  Oh, and flowers might be nice as well as leaves this year .....pretty pleaseimage

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
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