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Commonly known as Korokio
EvergreenGlossy, dark-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightUpright shrub. Small flowers are followed by bright red-black fruits.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Full sunShelter from cold drying winds
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Additional FeaturesArchitectural interestGood to knowCan be trimmed back after flowering each year to restrict growth.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originNew Zealand (North Island).Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapePaniclesTerminal panicles 2-5cm (¾-2in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New Zealand
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
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Pruning groupPruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil