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My Escallonia went from two feet to five feet this fall. It has lost some of its leaves this winter. Will it survive here? Lanni, Austin, TX

Mort's Answer:
Escollonia macarantha has two to three inch leaves and clusters of half inch flowers. It will do well as a house plant. E. macarantha has red flower blooms in the fall and winter. E. punctata grows to about the same height (six to nine feet) and is hardy to zone eight. The recent frost may have damaged the leaves and sent it into dormancy. When the buds swell this spring, you can trim it back a half foot . If it is E.puncata with stcky terminal clusters, it should do well. If it is another specie, it would need covering for the winters or accomodated indoors.

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