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EvergreenOval, shallowly toothed, glossy, mid-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
TreeSpreading, sometimes shrubby tree with rough, shredding, red-brown bark. Small, pitcher-shaped flowers appear in autumn with previous year's ripening fruit
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 sunSheltered site
- Mature Size
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowUltimate size in 20-50 years. Fruit is edible but bland and mealy. An inventory in a Wimbledon garden in 1649 includes the Irish arbutis. Wildlife plant - insects.Ornamental barkPests & DiseasesAphids, leaf spot.Place of originSouthwestern Ireland, southeastern Europe, Turkey, Lebanon,
Flower ShapeBell/LanternPaniclesPendent panicles to 5cm (2in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windsweptSlightly back from the sea with more shelterSuitable for small gardens
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
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 well drained soilHumus-rich
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant
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- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
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