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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.
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Other common names
sloe plum buckthorn bullace skeg snag
Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark
P. spinosa is a small thorny deciduous tree with dark green, ovate leaves, and small white flowers in early spring, followed by ovoid, bloomy black fruits 1.5cm across
Eur. to Russia Med.
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow native shrub or small tree, that can be used for hedging. Grows in any moist well-drained soil in full sun
Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat or propagate by seed
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens Coastal
Pruning Pruning group 1. Prune in mid-summer if silver leaf is a problem
Pests Susceptible to damage from aphids, caterpillars and bullfinches
May be subject to silver leaf and blossom wilt
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