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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.
'Aurea' is a medium-sized coniferous shrub, or small tree, reaching a maximum height of 8m. The rigid, tapered leaves radiate from all sides of the branchlets and the new foliage emerges a golden-yellow colour before maturing to green
'Glauca' is an evergreen conifer making a slow-growing medium tree with blunt grey-green needles arranged all round the shoot. Cones pale green or purple when young, ripening brown
'Abigail Bloom' is a perennial growing to about 30cm with long, narrow, upright leaves clasping the stem. Very pale yellow flowers are produced in small, terminal clusters from late spring to midsummer
'Compacta' is a slow-growing dwarf evergreen conifer to 2m in height, of irregular, spreading shape, with long, slender blue-grey needles
'Silberlocke' is an evergreen conifer making a small tree of bushy habit. Leaves dark green, but curled upwards to show the silvery white undersides. Purple cones borne on young plants
A. fraseri is a medium-sized tree, to 15m tall, forming a narrow, conical crown. Flattened, short leaves 1-2cm long are a shining dark green above with two white bands below and are densely borne on resinous stems. Cylindrical cones, 3.5-7cm long, are dark purple when young maturing to brown with conspicuously-protruding bracts that bend downwards hiding the scales
'Cis' is a slow-growing, dwarf shrub of low, mounding form reaching an ultimate height and spread of around 1m. The tight, glossy, dark green needles are arranged radially on the shoots which terminate in small brown buds
'Golden Spreader' is a slow-growing evergreen conifer making a small shrub of spreading, bushy growth, wider than tall. Foliage bright golden-yellow, particularly in winter
'Nidiformis' is a dense, spreading, flat-topped evergreen dwarf shrub, wider than tall, with short dark green needles
'Inversa' is a large, coniferous shrub, to 9m tall, with dense, dark green foliage. The main and secondary branches of this cultivar are quite pendulous and adpressed to the upright trunk
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