My love affair with Corokias started nearly fifteen years ago. It was not a sudden flash in the pan which then promptly burned itself out, but a gradual discovery which has now culminated in an overwhelming passion.
A friend of mine who lives by the seaside in Suffolk had been growing a “Corokia x virgata Yellow wonder” with great success and was pleased with its tolerance to wind and sea salt. So I acquired one and planted it in my front garden and over the years pruned it to give it a parasol shape.
After an inspiring trip to Cornwall and the “Lost Gardens of Heligan” amongst others, I discovered Burncoose Nurseries and bought a couple more varieties namely” Corokia cotoneaster” and” Corokia x virgata Frosted chocolate”.
At first I thought that Corokias comprised only a few varieties, it’s only in recent years that I found out that the genus consisted of three species of evergreen shrubs, namely “Corokia macrocarpa”,” Corokia buddlejoides” and “Corokia cotoneaster”. The many varieties of “Virgata” are a cross between” C.cotoneaster” and “Corokia buddlejoides”.