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Commonly known as Holly-leaf sweetspire
Evergreenoval to elliptic, spiny-toothed leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
HeightTo 5m (16ft)
Tall ShrubErect, then spreading, shrub with arching shoots
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)
Full sunIn moist soil. Shelter from cold winds.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowGood against a warm, sunny wall.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originWestern ChinaResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeRacemesPendent, catkin-like racemes to 30cm (12in) long of small flowers 7mm (¼in) across
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 6Suitable 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 & 11Pruning group 8Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.
RHS group 12 & 13If wall-trained
Scented PlantsScented flowersHoney-scented.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
to 5m (16ft)