White Correa - Correa Alba - Care Guide

Correa Alba! More commonly referred to as White Correa, this Mediterranean plant is native to south-eastern, Australia. A common plant, you'll find it growing in coastal areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania! It's also not uncommon to see in suburban settings. Its leaves and white flowers have a cinnamon-like smell.

 

With its cinnamon smell and flavour, White Correa is best enjoyed brewed in tea! You can expect this spectacular native to blossom with white bell-shaped flowers from Autumn through to Winter. 

 

Quick Care

Botanical Name Correa Alba
Size Plant: Seedling pot, min 20 cm tall
Frost Tolerance:
Tolerant once established.
Drought Tolerance: Tolerant once established.
Soil Type:
well-drained soil
Sun: Full-sun/Part-shade
Size:  1-1.5m shrub.
Pots: Does well in pots.
Feeding: Feed a high-quality native plant food every 6 months.

 

Planting

For best results, plant in well-drained soil, and place your plant in full sun. You can also grow in part shade for reasonable results. This dense shrub typically grows up to 1-1.5m tall and 1-1.5m wide. It's the perfect shrub for creating garden borders or just as a pretty flowering plant.

 

Frost tolerance

Only able to tolerate light frost, to begin with, White Correa will need to be well protected in the early growth stages. If you live in a cooler climate like Melbourne, we recommend protecting it during winter. It will be frost tolerant once established.

 

Sunlight

This lovely species does well in full sun but it can thrive in part sun too.

 

Maintenance

Watering & Drought Tolerance 

White Correa is a low-maintenance plant so it won't require much watering. During wintertime, you can hold back on watering but as the temperature increases ensure that you're keeping your plant hydrated. When dry, it will wilt which is a good indication of when to water.

 

Fertilising your White Correa

As stated, White Correa is pretty low maintenance but it will benefit from an infrequent feed with a steady release of lower phosphorus fertiliser. 

 

Harvesting

You can harvest the leaves as you please.

 

Growing White Correa in pots

You can pot White Correa but if planting into a pot make sure to use a premium, high-quality potting mix without fillers or additives and add your own plant food for the highest success.