Correa ‘Autumn Blaze’
Correa ‘Autumn Blaze’ is a form of Correa pulchella selected in the wild from a population on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
Correa ‘Autumn Blaze’ is small and compact, growing to a height of about 30 centimetres with a spread of 1.5 metres.
Leaves are glossy, mid-green above and paler beneath.
The flowers are the outstanding feature of this cultivar. They are tubular and bright orange with pale pink on the petal tips. As well as being conspicuous, the blooms are also profuse and will cover the plants.
The long flowering period extends from autumn to winter. Winter flowering plants are always welcome in cold climate gardens when blooms tend to be a trifle scarce. As with all Correas, ‘Autumn Blaze’ flowers attract honeyeaters. Tip pruning will increase both foliage density and flowers.
Correa ‘Autumn Blaze’ will survive and thrive in well drained sites either in full sun or partial shade and lends itself to container cultivation. A friend has Correa Autumn Blaze growing successfully in a pot. The plant blooms bounteously during the cooler months.
Correa Autumn Blaze could also be grown as a border plant, in native cottage gardens and rockeries.
For those interested in Correas we would recommend Correas Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens by Maria Hitchcock, a life member of APS. This is a splendid publication covering all aspects of the identification, propagation and cultivation of this unique Australian genus.
Warren and Gloria Sheather