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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.
'Bud's Yellow' is a vigorous, deciduous, suckering shrub, up to 2.5m high, with yellow-green stems that are especially bright in winter, and green oval leaves up to 11cm long. Small yellowish-white flowers are borne in clusters, up to 7cm across, in early summer and are followed by round white berries in late summer
'Sibirica' is a medium-sized suckering deciduous shrub forming a thicket of slender red stems, becoming bright crimson in winter. Leaves ovate, turning reddish in autumn, flowers small, cream, in flat heads; berries bluish-white
'Hedgerows Gold' has variegated foliage; young leaves have a yellow margin which becomes creamy-white with age, surrounding a green centre
C. alba is a vigorous, suckering shrub with red stems, conspicuous in winter, and dark green foliage which takes on red or orange autumn tints. Flat heads of inconspicuous, creamy flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by bunches of small, white berries
'Elegantissima' is a bushy deciduous medium-sized shrub to 3m, with deep red stems and grey-green, white-margined narrowly ovate leaves to 10cm in length. Flowers small, creamy-white, in flat heads; berries white
'Alleman's Compact' is a deciduous shrub with narrow, upright, dark red stems to about 2m. The mid-green leaves can develop red and yellow shades in autumn. Clusters of small, cream flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by white fruits
'Ruby' is a deciduous shrub with narrow, upright, bright red stems shading to greenish-orange at the base. The mid-green leaves turn wine-red in autumn. Clusters of small, cream flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by white fruits
'Aurea' is a deciduous medium-sized shrub with soft yellow, ovate leaves, reddish stems and insignificant cream flowers
Baton Rouge is a medium-sized, suckering, deciduous shrub forming a thicket of slender red stems that become bright crimson in winter. Leaves ovate, turning plum-coloured in autumn; flowers small, cream, in flat heads; berries bluish-white
'Cream Cracker' is a deciduous shrub with narrow, upright, dark purple-red stems to about 3m. The leaves open mid-green with a pale yellow border, maturing to grey-green with a white border. Clusters of small, cream flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by white fruits
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