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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.
S. daphnoides forms an initially upright, later spreading tree. The young shoots are dark purple with a silvery bloom in winter. Silky, grey catkins up to 4cm long are produced in late winter/early spring
S. exigua is a suckering shrub forming a thicket of slender stems bearing narrowly lance-shaped to linear leaves to 10cm long, silvery when young, later grey-green
'Wehrhahnii' is a slow-growing, small, spreading deciduous shrub with erect, purple-brown shoots bearing silvery-white male catkins, later yellow, followed by bright green leaves later dark, glaucous beneath
'Hakuro-nishiki' is a deciduous shrub or small tree, with branches that droop slightly at the tips, reaching a height and spread of 2.5m. The narrow, lance-shaped leaves, to 10cm long, emerge pink in spring, maturing to variegated shades of pink, creamy-white and green before turning predominantly green as the summer progresses. Yellow catkins are borne on bare stems in spring and the stems, particularly of the new growth, turn an orange-red colour in the autumn
'Blue Streak' is a large deciduous shrub with purple, vividly white-bloomed stems and narrow, dark green leaves. Slender silvery catkins to 5cm in length, with yellow anthers
'Tristis' is a fast-growing weeping willow with narrow leaves on slender yellow branches, and slim female catkins in early spring
S. repens var. argentea is a deciduous bushy shrub, to 1m tall and 2m wide, initially upright in habit then arching and spreading. Narrowly-oval, densely-hairy leaves are grey-green above and silvery beneath and appear after the silvery catkins that mature to yellow in spring
'Melanostachys' is a bushy shrub to 3m tall, with oval, glossy leaves that are grey-hairy when young; showy black catkins open in early spring and have orange-red anthers that turn yellow as they mature
S. magnifica is a medium-sized deciduous shrub of open habit, with red-brown shoots and handsome, magnolia-like dark green leaves to 20cm in length. Slender male catkins to 18cm, females to 25cm, open after the leaves in late spring
S. caprea is a rounded deciduous shrub or small tree with broadly elliptic leaves greyish beneath, and large grey catkins in spring
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