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Deciduousdark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) which turn red or orange in autumn.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightVigorous upright shrub. Produces white flowers in flat cymes to 5cm (2in) across followed by pea-sized, white, often tinged blue, berries.
Very hardyHardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
Full sunFor best winter colour.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowHard prune in March to produce new stems for best winter colour. Wildlife plant - bees and other insects.Pests & DiseasesAnthracnose.Place of originSiberia, northern China to Korea.
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windswept
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Pruning groupPruning group 4Suitable 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
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilTolerates allWet or boggy soil
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