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Commonly known as Brush bush, Mountain leatherwood
glossy, dark-green leaves 1.5-2cm (¾in) long.
Slender, upright shrub.
Hardy - average winter Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Ensure roots are shaded. Shelter from cold drying winds.
Good to know - ultimate size in 10-20 years
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Cup-shaped - shallowly cup-shaped 2cm (¾in) across
Suitable for small gardens
Frost hardy (down to -5)
Entire see photos above
Oblong 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 6 - Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.
RHS group 9 & 11
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Neutral to acid soil