Zest Kalamata Santolina
Santolina rosmarinifolia 'Zest Kalamata'
Zest Kalamata Santolina foliage
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Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Green Santolina, syn. Santolina virens
Brand: Hort Couture
This very fine textured variety produces luminous green foliage, and bright yellow button flowers in summer; traditionally used as a low hedge in herb gardens; perfect accent in rock gardens or containers; shear back yearly to maintain compact growth
Zest Kalamata Santolina features showy spikes of lightly-scented yellow button flowers at the ends of the branches from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive green foliage. The tiny fragrant narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Zest Kalamata Santolina is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Zest Kalamata Santolina is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Zest Kalamata Santolina will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Zest Kalamata Santolina makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.