This plant occurs naturally in forest margins and scrubland and will there grow to 5 metres in height. In cultivation it will grow happily either in the open or in dappled shade achieving dimensions of 2 to 3 metres in height and spread. It is very wind resistant. It can be grown very successfully in a pot although the pot does need to be quite big.
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate around the base of a tree or shrub can be fatal.
IF IT HAS A RED TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy in Atlantic Seaboard gardens, The Channel Islands, gardens in Central London (and other large cities) and conservatories.
This is only meant as a guide; there are some plants with red labels that would only survive in extremely favoured spots such as The Isles of Scilly or coastal south-west Ireland.
We're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
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