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Deciduousdark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long turning red-purple in autumn.
Tall ShrubVigorous, spreading shrub or small tree. Fleshy, oblong, red fruit is produced in summer.
Hardy - very cold winterHardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Full sunShelter from cold winds.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowPlanted in Britain since the 16th century or before, probably for the edible fruits which were made into preserves. Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insectsPests & DiseasesNone.Place of originEurope and western Asia.
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(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.Neutral to acid soil
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
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