Coral Bells attract many gardeners with the great variety of colors of their leaves. I couldn’t resist it either and have amassed a decent collection of different varieties of this plant. I am often asked about the size of Coral Bells and here I want to tell you about it.
On average, Coral Bells reach 15 inches tall and 30 inches wide. The size depends a lot on the variety and species. For example there are climbing varieties that can reach up to 40 inches in length.
In this article, I will tell you all I know about the size of the different species of Coral Bells. I will also share tips on how to increase or decrease the size of these plants.
Coral Bells Size
Most Coral Bells are shaped like a small rounded bush. The stems and leaf petioles are almost invisible and give the impression that it is just a cushion or mound of leaves. However, inside there is a thick, almost woody stem to which the leaf petioles are attached.
Over time, the stem divides into 2-3 or more stems. In addition, the stems are constantly growing upwards and should be shortened, because otherwise heuchera will have an unsightly appearance.
|Type of variety||Height||Width|
|Big Coral bells||18 inches||30 inches|
|Medium Coral bells||14 inches||26 inches|
|Small Coral bells||12 inches||20 inches|
Above I gave the height of Coral Bells without taking into account the peduncles. If the peduncles are taken into account, these plants can be much taller. Heuchera villosa, for example, can have flower stems 3 feet tall or even more.
There are also climbing varieties that do not grow in height at all, but only in length. For example, Plum Cascade can reach about 4 feet in length.
Сlimbing cultivars include:
- Copper Cascade
- Plum Cascade
- Sugar and Spice
- Pink Skyrocket
- Crimson Cascade
- Redstone Falls
- Yellowstone Falls
In general, Coral Bells are not large plants. Hostas, hydrangeas and other popular garden plants are much larger.
Big Coral bells
‘Big Top Bronze’ stands out as a particularly large cultivar, reaching up to 20 inches in height and 26 inches in spread. It features striking brown-bronze foliage. The exact height of its flower stalks (peduncles) remains unreported, but they likely match the impressive size of the plant.
Among the Coral Bells, ‘Brownies’ boasts some of the largest leaves. This variety forms a substantial clump exceeding 16 inches in height, with flower stalks soaring to 30 inches during bloom. Its foliage is a deep, rich brown set on lengthy stems adorned with white fuzz. The plant’s breadth is equally notable, spanning 20 inches.
The ‘Bronze Beauty’ variety attains a height of 18 inches, with its leaves exhibiting a captivating brown-orange hue. It’s a top pick for those who appreciate larger plants, growing more expansive with age under ideal conditions.
The ‘Grande Black’ variety is aptly named, boasting a striking presence with its rich maroon-colored foliage. This Heuchera variety reaches an impressive size, standing 19 inches both in height and width. It features attractive, spiraled leaves that can take on a lustrous sheen when basked in ample sunlight.
‘Mega Caramel’ is the supersized counterpart to ‘Caramel’, sporting hefty salmon-colored leaves on hairy stems. The plant itself reaches 19 inches in height, but its flower stalks can shoot up to 40 inches.
Medium Coral bells
‘Venus’ features a moderate stature of 15 inches tall and a spread of 20-22 inches. Its foliage is notably ornamental, marked by dark streaks.
Often categorized as large, ‘Sweet Tea’ is more aptly described as a medium-sized heuchera. It grows to a height of 14-16 inches with a generous width of 26 inches. The leaves are chameleonic, displaying a spectrum of red, orange, and salmon hues throughout the year.
‘Gunsmoke’ is a prized rarity in collections, distinguished by its blue-silver leaves etched with black veins. This Heuchera measures between 13 and 14 inches in height with a diameter of 25 inches.
Small Coral bells
‘Sugar Frosting’ is a diminutive heuchera, standing just 10-12 inches tall and stretching 18-20 inches across. Its silver-gray leaves are highly ornamental. Its compact size allows it to thrive even under low-growing shrubs or dwarf trees.
‘Silver Scrolls’ is a petite plant graced with beautifully rounded leaves in shades of dark purple and gray. This little specimen scarcely reaches a height of 11 inches and a width of 18 inches, forming an exquisite mound of foliage.
‘Shanghai’ creates a lush mound of small, violet-silver leaves that bloom profusely. With its flower stalks, it reaches 16-17 inches in height, standing at 13 inches tall sans stalks, with a width of 20-21 inches.
Factors Influencing Size
The first thing that greatly affects the size of Coral Bells is the soil. In heavy clay soil it is difficult for the plants to develop a root system and therefore their size will increase slowly. Also clay soil is poor so heuchera may never reach their maximum size.
The second is the sun exposure. If Coral Bells grow in full sun their leaves will burn. As a result, the plant will not be able to form a lush shape and will grow slowly constantly recovering from sunburn.
The third is watering. Coral Bells can tolerate short periods of drought. However, that doesn’t mean it will thrive in dry soil. The plant will need sufficient water to reach the right size.
Maximizing Growth and Size
To maximize the size of Coral Bells you need to follow some growing rules. Let’s quickly go over them.
Before planting, improve the soil in your garden with organic matter. Just pour 1 bucket of compost or peat into the planting hole and mix it with the native soil. By planting the plant in such soil you will ensure rapid root development.
Water Coral Bells when the soil in the root zone is 1-2 inches dry. Watering is especially important during sunny and hot weather.
Plant heucheras in partial shade. Plants should get a few hours of direct sun in the morning or evening but in the middle for they should be in shade. Avoid planting them in full sun.
Fertilize them each spring with a slow-release fertilizer. Also water the plants 1-2 times a year with a liquid fertilizer.
Keep an eye on the health of Coral Bells. As soon as you see signs of disease or pests, take immediate action to get rid of it.
In conclusion, I would like to say that Coral Bells are compact plants that are perfect for a small flowerbed or even potted cultivation. With proper care they can turn into beautiful mounds of different colors and please you almost all year long.
That’s all I have, I hope this article was useful for you. I wish you good luck and successful gardening!