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Clusters of cream, through pink to red bells in spring and foliage which colours various shades of red in autumn.
Genus of 12 species of mainly deciduous shrubs from scrub and woodland from the Himalayas to Japan
Deciduoustoothed, mid-green leaves to 5cm (2in) long, clustered at the ends of the shoots.
HeightTo 2m (6½ft)
SpreadTo 2m (6½ft)
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightCompact shrub with red-tinted young branches. Produces flowers in pendent clusters of up to 10.
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 FeaturesGood to knowAttractive to bees and other insects.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originJapan.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
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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 1
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.Neutral to acid soil
to 2m (6½ft)
to 2m (6½ft)
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