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EvergreenDark green leaves, paler beneath, to 15cm (6in) long.
HedgeIdeal for hedging
Tall ShrubDense, bushy shrub becoming spreading and tree-like with age. Produces small flowers in upright racemes 5-12cm (2-4¾in) tall followed by conical, cherry-like red fruit 1cm (½in) across, ripening to black.
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 shadeTolerates shade but fruiting inhibited.
Harmful if eatenThese will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
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Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Good to knowWildlife plant - bees, butterflies, moths. Notably resistant to honey fungus. Naturalised in UK. Invasive.Pests & DiseasesGenerally trouble free.Place of originEastern Europe, south-western AsiaResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
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Pruning groupPruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilModerately fertile.
WildlifeBee friendlyButterfly friendlyRabbit Resistant
HUMULUS lupulus 'Aureus'
LATHYRUS latifolius 'Red Pearl'
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conspicuously white margined leaves which can be flushed with pink in winter
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