Winter Chocolate Heather. Calluna vulgaris 'Winter Chocolate' . Four-season color on a lovely compact plant! Heather is perhaps one of the best sources of winter color! But don't think that its beauty is restricted only to the coldest season of the year. 'Winter Chocolate' is colorful all throughout the year, offering gold spring foliage accented with red tips, green and orange leaves during the summer that turn a lovely shade of chocolate for winter, and soft lavender blooms in late summer and fall. This evergreen shrub has a compact habit, reaching an average height of 8 to 12 inches and spreading 12 to 18 inches, so it will fit perfectly in any size garden. It grows well in full sun to part shade, preferring well-drained soils with medium moisture. 'Winter Chocolate' is a wonderful choice for banks and slopes, informal rock and cottage gardens, patio containers, and anywhere else that needs a touch of unique color and texture. It tolerates sea and salt spray quite well, making it ideal for coastal areas. It even tends to be ignored by deer. Don't miss this four-season beauty! Zones 4-10.