Erica cinerea foliage golden or yellow (f. aureifolia)

Flower colours are indicated using the colours given in The Heather Society's colour chart, with a code of the colour; thus, H9 is the code for the colour called beetroot.

Flowering periods are indicated by Roman numerals from I to XII (each equivalent to a month); thus, for example, IX-XII means September to December (in northern hemisphere).

‘Alice Ann Davies’

Bright magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; gold foliage which reddens in winter; compact spreading habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Anita Lillie’

Flowers in racemes to 5cm long, magenta (H14), pedicels red; VI-VIII; new foliage pink in Spring turning yellow then red, mature foliage light green in Summer, mid-green at other seasons; habit compact spreading; height 15cm; spread 30cm; stems red ageing to brown, glabrous. Sport on Erica cinerea 'Purple Beauty' found in 1995 at Summerhill Nursery, Frensham, Surrey, England, by Mrs Anita Lillie Austin. Registered 24 August 1998: Mrs A. L. Austin, 68 Birch Road, Headley Down, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 8BW, England.

‘Anne Berry’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–X; yellow-green foliage throughout the year, young shoots with bronze tips in spring; height 10–15cm; spread 46–60cm.

Wild-collected; found on Chobham Common, Surrey, England, about 1960 by Anne Berry; introduced by G. Underwood & Son (Hookstone Green Nursery, West End, Woking, Surrey) by 1963.

Named after Anne Berry who was an employee of G. Underwood & Sons (Chobham, Surrey).

The spelling of the cultivar name is here corrected, as permitted under the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (8th edition, 2009), Article 35.3, to correct the unintentional mistake ("Ann Berry") in the original spelling.

‘Apricot Charm’

Very sparse mauve (H2) flowers, VII–VIII; light yellow foliage in summer, turning to apricot-orange in winter; neat and compact; height 10–15cm; spread 16–20cm.

Found as a sport collected on Sunningdale Golf Course, Surrey, England, by J. F. Letts; introduced by J. F. Letts in 1970.

Name is a reference to the coloured foliage.


White flowers, VII–IX; intense gold foliage in summer and autumn, turning lime-green in winter; prostrate; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. An interesting plant owing to the rare combination of white flowers and golden foliage in Erica cinerea.

A seedling found in his nursery by John L. Jones, Glynwern Nursery, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Dyfed, Wales; to be available in small numbers during 1995.


Beetroot (H9) flowers, VII–XI; gold foliage flecked with red and yellow; height 10–15cm; spread 21–25cm.

Sport on 'P. S. Patrick'; found by B. & V. Proudley (The Nutshell, St Briavels, Gloucestershire, England); introduced by B. & V. Proudley in 1971.

Named in honour of Mrs Constance I. MacLeod, first Secretary of The Heather Society from1963 to 1977.

‘Fiddler’s Gold’

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–VIII; yellow-gold foliage with red tints, brightest in spring; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling growing near 'Golden Hue' and 'Golden Drop'; found in J. E. B. (Edward) Plummer's garden at Fiddlestone Lodge, Burton in the Wirral, Cheshire, England; propagated at Liverpool University Botanic Gardens, Ness, Cheshire, before 1959.

Name derived from the garden, Fiddlestone.


Flowers purple shading to crimson (HIO to H13); VI/VII-X; foliage very fine, pale green to yellow, with red shoot-tips; habit compact; height 16cm; spread 18cm after 4 years when not pruned.

Sport on 'Blossom Time' at Champs Hill in 2003, found and selected by Sid Brown.

Named (with her consent) after Dame Felicity Lott, singer; her affectionate nickname.

® E.2009:04 registered on 22 October 2009 by Mrs Mary Bowerman, Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, UK.

‘Golden Charm’

Magenta flowers, VII–IX; gold foliage in summer tinged bronze in autumn; compact; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling; found by Clive Benson in his garden, Farington, Preston, Lancashire, England; introduced by C. Benson by 1983.

Name alludes to the foliage colour.

‘Golden Drop’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VI–VIII, sparse; young foliage orange, maturing to gold in summer before turning bright orange and then deep red in winter; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found in Dorset, England, by Charles D. Eason of Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset), and introduced by Maxwell & Beale in 1933.

Named after his favourite plum jam which is made from the Australian plum of the same name. The name is composed of two words, not one.

‘Golden Hue’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–X; pale yellow foliage, the shoots tipped orange in winter; strong upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 61–75cm.

Wild-collected sport; on a plant growing on a railway bank near Broadstone, Dorset, England, found by D. F. Maxwell, and introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset, England) in 1925. The holotype of Erica cinerea f. aureifolia came from this clone.

Name is a reference to the yellow foliage. The name is composed of two words, not one.

‘Golden Sport’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–XI; yellow foliage turning gold and red in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Pruning improves the foliage colour.

‘Golden Striker’

Mauve flowers of little significance, VII–VIII; golden foliage; shoots radiating from the centre of the plant bend down before rising at the tips; height 10cm; spread 25cm. A seedling found at Almondell Nursery (Methven, Perthshire, Scotland) and named after part of John Lewis's score for the film 'No Sun in Venice'.

‘Golden Tee’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–IX; golden foliage in summer deepening to rusty red in winter; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. More vigorous than 'Golden Drop'.

Seedling; collected, perhaps on Sunningdale Golf Course, Surrey, England, by John F. Letts (Foxhollow, Windlesham, Surrey); introduced by John F. Letts by 1972.

Name alludes to the foliage colour, and it possible origin on a golf course.


Lavender (H3) flowers with white bases; VII–X; foliage golden to lime-green; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. A sport from 'Eden Valley' found in 1987 by David Edge (Forest Edge Nurseries, Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset). Registered 22 June 1999: David Malcolm Edge, Forest Edge Nurseries, Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 8LS, England.

‘John Eason’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–X; gold foliage in summer turning bronze in winter; height 21–25cm; spread 61–75cm.

Wild-collected; found near Broadstone, Dorset, England, by C. D. Eason of Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset); introduced by Maxwell & Beale in 1933.

Named after another son of Charles Eason (see under Erica cinerea 'C. D. Eason') (Yearbook of the Heather Society 4 (1): 32-34 (1993)).

‘Jos’s Golden’

Purple (H10) flowers, VII–IX; golden foliage turning red in winter; broad upright habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. More floriferous than 'Constance'. A sport found in J. G. Flecken's garden, Kerkrade, The Netherlands, during 1988 on a plant that had been collected in the wild at Lande de Frehel, Brittany, France. Registered 23 December 1993: J. G. Flecken, Kerkrade, Netherlands.

‘Jos’s Honeymoon’

White flowers, VII–VIII; golden yellow foliage; dwarf creeping habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. A sport from 'Honeymoon' found in 1989 by Jos Flecken (Kerkrade, Netherlands). Registered 23 December 1993: J. G. Flecken, Kerkrade, Netherlands.


Flowers single, pink; VI-IX; foliage gold; habit broad; height 20 cm. Introduced by Glynwern Heather Nurseries, Cilcennin Lampeter, Dyfed, Wales, in 1997.
Ref: Glynwern Heather Nurseries catalogue, 1997.

‘May Gold’

Flowers deep pink; foliage deep gold in spring and early summer; habit erect with curling stems. A seedling found on his nursery by John L. Jones, Glywern Nursery, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Dyfed, Wales, in 1993.

‘Rock Pool’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–VIII, very sparse; golden yellow foliage turning orange-red in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm.

Wild-collected sport on a normal plant; found by J. F. Letts on Sunningdale Golf Course, Surrey, England; introduced by J. Hall (Windlesham, Surrey) in 1972.


Amethyst flowers, VII–IX; gold foliage in summer darkening to orange-red in winter; compact, near prostrate habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Found on Screel Hill near Threave, Castle Douglas, Scotland.

‘Summer Gold’

Glowing magenta (H14) flowers, VII–X; gold foliage in summer becoming greener during winter; upright; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. An attractive plant.

Seedling among 'C. D. Eason'; found by Clive Benson in his garden at Farington, Preston, Lancashire, England; introduced by C. Benson by 1978.

Name lludes to the foliage colour.

‘Sun Cushion’

Flowers rose-pink (H7); VII-XI; foliage golden in Summer deepening to orange in winter; habit compact spreading; height 20cm; spread 70cm. Sport on Erica cinerea 'Pink Ice' found in 1992 at Carn Nurseries by Pat Glass, originally given the illegitimate name Erica cinerea 'Golden Wonder'. Registered 20 January 1998: P. Glass, Carn Nurseries, 58 Tirkane Road, Maghera, Co. Derry BT46 SAG, Northern Ireland.


Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–IX; golden yellow foliage in summer turning orange-red in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found on Sunningdale Golf Course, Surrey, England, by John Letts; introduced by John F. Letts (Windlesham, Surrey) in 1972.

Named after Windle Brook, a stream near Windlesham.

‘Yule Fire’

Flower single, corolla & calyx amethyst HI; VII-X; foliage shoots with bicoloured golden ends with brilliant glossy red inner leaves, colours deepen to orange and red in winter cold; habit compact spreading height 20cm; spread 40cm.

Sport on 'Atropurpurea', found by Ken Hutchins at Oregon Rhododendrons, Corvalis, USA, in 1994. "Distinctive bicolored foliage gives winter foliage color in areas that can not grow Calluna. The red is much more brilliant than other gold" bell heathers.

® E.2008:01 registered on 24 January 2008 by K. Hutchins, Mossyrock, WA, USA.