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All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum
temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
C.alnifolia, the sweet pepper bush is an erect, bushy, suckering shrub not usually exceeding 2m. The fresh green leaves are simple, obovate, neatly serrrate, sometimes turning yellow in autumn. Near-white scented flowers are abundantly produced, in erect terminal racemes, in summer. Pink selections are available
'Hummingbird' is a compact shrub, up to 1.2m high, with glossy dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn. Many feathery spikes of sweetly clove-scented white flowers appear in mid- to late summer
'Ruby Spice' is a vigorous shrub, up to 1.5m high, with glossy dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn. Numerous short spikes of sweetly clove-scented rich pink flowers (which unlike some cultivars, are not prone to fading) appear in late summer and early autumn
'Sixteen Candles' is a compact, upright, deciduous shrub with glossy foliage turning yellow in autumn. Bears groups of upright, tapering, candle-like spikes of sweet-scented, white flowers in summer
'Paniculata' is a bushy deciduous medium-sized shrub with finely-toothed, obovate leaves, and small fragrant white flowers in panicles at the shoot-tips
Listed in the RHS Plant Finder
This plant is listed in the RHS Plant Finder book. At present our information about this plant is limited to a list of the nurseries that supply it. In time we will be adding more details including a description, growing information, advice and photographs.
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Last-listed in the RHS Plant Finder in 1998
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