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Commonly known as Bladder senna
DeciduousPale-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long with 5-6 pairs of broadly oval leaflets.
Tall ShrubVigorous shrub. Fruit is a green, then translucent, pod 8cm (3in) long.
Hardy - cold winterHardy 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)
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesNone.Place of originSouthern Europe.
Flower ShapeRacemesRacemes to 12cm (4¾in) long of 3 to 8 flowers to 2cm (¾in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsBorderSuitable for a shrub borderCoastal / windsweptSuitable for open site, slightly back from the sea in milder areas
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable 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 1Pruning group 4Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
When: Annually in early Spring.
RHS group 5, 6 & 7
Soil ConditionsAlkaline / Chalk lovingFertile well drained soilWell drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil