A buddleja-like shrub with pendant, mauve catkin-like flowers
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  • Deciduous
    Mid-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long are sparsely hairy, tapered at the base and characteristically tapered at the tip
  • Blue
  • Height
    1.8m (6ft)
  • Spread
    1.8m (6ft)
  • Medium shrub Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Rounded shrub of cascading nature when mature with reddish purple young shoots and light-brown, flaking older bark. Flowers are carried on inflorescences 15-30cm (6-12in) long when fully expanded. Mint-like, whiskery flowers appear from densely downy grey-white bracts.
  • 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)
    Borderline. Winter-damaged stems can be pruned back to the base.
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - best suited to warm, dry areas to give an adequate length of season for the flowers to fully develop
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Place of origin
    China (Guizhou, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan)
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic see photos above
  • Oblong
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 3
    Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs that flower in the Summer or Autumn on previous year's growth, or deciduous shrubs that flower in late Winter-Spring on previous year's growth.
    Pruning: Trim off old flowers to the first bud beneath flower head. Cut back 1/3 of the oldest stems to promote replacement growth.
    When: Annually

    RHS group 4
  • Pruning group 4 - Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile
Rostrinucula dependens - Growing Guide
1.8m (6ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.8m (6ft)

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