What is Correa?
Correa (Correa spp.) is a hardy compact evergreen shrub. It is part of the Rutaceae family and is native to Australia. There is 11 species of Correa which range in height from groundcovers to large shrubs. Their foliage colours differ between variety which can be grey-green to dark green foliage. Some varieties are glossy while others have hairy foliage. Correa glabra varieties have fragrant leaves. Correa flowers through Winter into early Spring. Flower colours vary from white through to deep burgundy where some varieties can be two toned. The flowers are bell to tubular shaped. Correa prefer a full sun to part shade position in the garden with well draining soil.
Benefits of Growing Correa
Correa are a very hardy plant, that is tough and drought tolerant when established. They are a lovely addition to a cottage garden or a great feature plant in a shrubbery. Correa are a great understory plant. They make a useful addition to larger borders, go well in pots and also make a useful low hedge. The nectar rich tubular flowers will attract birds to your garden. Correa can be pruned and shaped into round balls as living garden ornaments.
How to Grow Correa
Cool to mild tropical.
Correa Mini Marion Height: 30cm, Width: 60cm
Correa Tucker Time Dinner Bells Height: 60cm, Width: 2m
Correa Dusky Bells Height: 60cm, Width: 2m
When To Plant Correa
Can be grown in most soil types but prefers a sandy soil as it is well draining.
How To Plant Correa
Plant in full sun to part shade. Plant in a hole at least twice the size of the pot, at the same level as the pot.
Correa Plant Care
Mulch to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.
Apply a low-phosphorus fertiliser in Spring which is suitable for natives.
Gentle pruning in order to keep tidy and promote vigour to the plant after the main flowering season.