Elstead is one of the better Hypericums for berries. The
berries start to colour pink in mid-august and last well
into the autumn.
A medium height deciduous shrub
- but sometimes semi-evergreen - with yellow
flowers in summer, Hypericum Elstead responds well to hard pruning in
early spring. If it is not pruned regularly in this
way, then it tends to grow into a bit of an untidy shrub -
little of interest at the bottom and all at the top. This would
then suit it as a back of border position.
Hypericum Elstead is quite happy in more or less any soil.
Perhaps not as popular as it should be for it is usually
Pruned to ground level each year will ensure a
bushy compact shrub - full of flowers in summer and
ensuing berries in late summer early autumn.
It has the dual attraction in that
often, it will have flowers and fruit at the same time.
The flowers are showy, in that there are many of them.
Small, and almost like stars with their mass of anthers
above the stellar petals.
The autumn foliage colour can also be
attractive on the deciduous Hypericum range of shrubs. It is not
generally realised that this shrub has aromatic foliage when crushed or
The flowers are yellow 'buttercups' borne freely at the tips of the
branches. A rich golden yellow.
The shrub can suffer a little from
assorted leaf spots and/or mildew. In my experience, this is generally
as a result of the lack of attention that this - and other Hypericums -
are often subjected to. Treatment on a preventive basis with a general
fungicide will deter the leaf spots - but so will good plant husbandry!
Hypericum x inodorum
Elstead will last for many years. Mulching in the late autumn or early
spring will help keep it in healthy mode.
Hypericum inodorum Elstead will normally
occupy a space of 3ft (90cm), but if grown well, will
extend to around 4ft (1.2m) Height rarely exceeds 3ft.
Propagation of Hypericum Elstead. Easily
rooted with either
cuttings or ripe cuttings in cold frame or other
sheltered place. It can also be grown from seed - after
firstly removing the fleshy outer. Autumn sowing in cold
frame or cold greenhouse is best.