Hebe ochracea 'JAMES STIRLING'

Hebe ochracea
Hebe ochracea 'JAMES STIRLING'
whipcord hebe
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.6-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a golden
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME June - June
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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James Stirling is an unusually looking hebe. This plant has tiny, scaly leaves on whipcord-like branches. Their shape resembles cypress plants that is why this species if often mistaken for cypress hebe. The colour is very attractive: golden-green in summer to almost honey-brown in winter. In mid spring appear very small white flowers at the tips of the branches. It is a mound-forming, compact shrub that grows twice as wide as tall.

It grows slowly and requires no pruning. Only unpruned plants maintain their original, inimitable shape. Only if some branches die off after a severe winter or with age you can cut them off. If you need to reduce its size or if you want to shape it make sure you cut the plant evenly on all sides.

Hebes need very well-drained but constantly moist, poor or medium fertile soil that is anything from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. It needs good mulching at all times. They originate in New Zealand i.e. a country with high air humidity and mild winters so for our climate we only choose the hardies species and varieties which are mostly dwarf and have small leaves. They are hardy on sites sheltered from strong, drying winds and hidden from direct winter sunlight to about -23°C (USDA zone 6). You can protect them with fir branches or white woven in colder regions. Adult hebes usually regenerate readily after harsh winter damage if they are well-established. They can be grown with no protection in USDA zones 7 and up.

Last update 02-01-2011
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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