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DeciduousSmall leaves less than 10mm (½in) long
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.Domed shrub with slender, arching, grey-green, prickle-tipped branches. Produces a profusion of small flowers.
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 & DiseasesAphids.Place of originBulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeRacemesShort racemes, 5cm (2in) long of flowers 1cm (½in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windsweptSuitable for open site, slightly back from the seaSuitable for small gardens
Leaf Colour (if not green)BlueBlue-green
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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 1Will not regrow from old wood
Soil ConditionsMedium to light, fertile, well drained soil