Best leaf colour in full sunlight
- Striking almost black foliage and from May-June pale pink, musk-scented blooms appear from stunning creamy-pink buds.
- Excellent shrub for all styles of gardens and has the bonus of having blackish-red berries in autumn. Fruit and flowers may be used for flavouring and cooking.
- Large bushy, deciduous shrub with near black fine foliage which turns very dark red in autumn, produces flat pink flower heads in the summer time.
- Flowers can be collected in Spring, best collected early in the day before the flowers buds open fully. Berries can be collected in Autumn.
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Can grow up to 4m in the right conditions and can reach ultimate height in 5 years.
Season of Interest
Flowering: Summer Fruiting: Autumn
Full sun / Partial shade
Best Growing Conditions
This frost hardy plant (down to -20C) is easy to grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun or part shade, and also thrives on extremely chalky sites. Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter. Will tolerate hard pruning to restrict the size; can be maintained as small shrub if desired.