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EvergreenNarrowly elliptic to narrowly oblong, pointed, toothed, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
Tall ShrubStiffly-branched shrub with upright shoots
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 sunIf in full sun roots need to be shaded and cool.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowAn 1848 introduction by Cornish plant hunter William Lobb (1809-1864)Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originChile.
Flower ShapeBell/LanternLantern-shaped flowers 2-2.5cm (¾-1in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsWoodland garden
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)Oblong (see photos above)
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
Soil ConditionsAcid / ericaceous lovingFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly columnar
CORNUS alba 'Elegantissima'
ILEX perado subsp. platyphylla
LILY OF THE VALLEY
PHORMIUM tenax 'Purpureum'
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