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Helwingia himalaica

An evergreen or semi-evergreen, suckering shrub to 2m tall, with upright stems and lance-shaped leaves, purple-flushed when young. In late spring, small white flowers are produced in clusters from the centre of the leaf blades; these are followed by green, ripening black, fruits

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green Purple
Summer Green Purple
Autumn Green Green Black
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Helwingiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen or Semi evergreen
Habit
Suckering
Genus

Helwingia are medium-sized, evergreen or deciduous shrubs with shiny leaves in opposite pairs. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, male and female usually on different plants, and emerge in small clusters directly from the leaf midribs, followed by red or black berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya, W China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil in full or dappled shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in a cold frame in autumn. Separate root suckers in late winter. Take sem-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

See pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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