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Commonly known as Wintersweet
glossy, mid-green leaves to 8cm (2in) long in opposite pairs.
Purple Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
Vigorous, upright shrub. Pendent flowers to 2.5cm (1in) across on second year bare shoots in winter.
Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Good to know - add stems to indoor winter flower arrangements. Dried flowers can be used like lavender to scent linen.
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Entire see photos above
Lanceolate see photos above
Pruning group 1
Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Pruning group 8 - Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.
RHS group 12 & 13
Fertile well drained soil