A large evergreen shrub with big leathery, deep green oval leaves. White umbels of small white flowers in early summer are followed by blue-black berries, and will produce huge leaves in wet parts of the UK such as Cumbria. It might require some shelter in cold areas but is generally unfussy. Where happy it could reach 2.5-4m height and spread over 10-20 years.
Shade or semi-shade, very lime tolerant. Prune after flowering in early summer, can be hard pruned successfully in late spring.
When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.
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 woody shrub can be fatal.
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember 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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