The Belle of the garden

Label: Correa ‘Federation Belle ‘

ACRA Registration 815 (May 2000)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: A chance seedling in the garden of Sarah Caldwell, Mole River Station which is in the Torrington area in northern NSW. It is thought to be a hybrid between Correa ‘Marion’s Marvel’ and perhaps a form of Correa reflexa var. speciosa. The name ‘Federation Belle’ was chosen to commemorate the Centenary of Federation in 2000. Applicant: ANPSA Correa Study Group.

Characteristics: A small rounded shrub approximately 30-40 cm x 1m. The leaves are dark-green, glabrous and slightly scabrous, cordate, 33mm x 24mm. The corolla is cylindrical 28 mm x 13 mm, rose pink becoming pale green towards the tips. The Corolla tips barely reflexed. Flowering begins in late February and continues through autumn and early winter.

Correa ‘Federation Belle’ flower (Image: ANBG)

Initially Correa ‘Federation Belle’ appeared to have some similarities to Correa ‘Marion’s Marvel’, however, it is now clear that it has a closer affinity to Correa reflexa var. speciosa.

Cultural notes: This cultivar is fast-growing in cultivation and is very hardy, withstanding frost and drought. It is easy to strike from cuttings. Like other Correas, it attracts birds and responds well to tip-pruning.

Propagation: Cuttings.

Uses: It is suitable for tub-planting as well as foreground planting in garden beds. Availability: Sold at Mole Station Nursery as well as through the ANPSA Correa Study Group. For other suppliers, search on PlantSelect.com.au

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