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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. reducta is a dwarf, suckering deciduous shrub with leaves composed of up to 15, toothed, glossy dark green leaflets, turning purple in autumn. Small clusters of white flowers are followed by pink to white fruits
S. aucuparia var. xanthocarpa is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading crown and pinnate leaves turning yellow to red in autumn. Flattened clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by orange-yellow fruits
S. aucuparia subsp. maderensis is a large shrub or small tree with sea-green leaves, composed of 13 to 17 leaflets, turning russet in autumn. Heads of small, fluffy, creamy-white flowers in spring are followed by large, conspicuous clusters of orange berries that mature to red
'Leonard Messel' is a small, ball-headed tree that should reach 3m tall in 10 years. Pinnate leaves, that show good autumn colour, are borne on upright branches. Pretty clusters of pink hanging fruit follow the white flowers in late spring and early summer. Winter buds are red
S. sargentiana is a spreading medium-sized deciduous tree with stout shoots and large sticky buds. Leaves pinnate, to 30cm in length, turning bright orange-red in autumn. Flowers white, fruits small, red, in large clusters
'Ghose' is a small, upright tree to about 4m with large, slightly bluish-green leaves with many leaflets, turning gold and red in autumn. Large, flat clusters of creamy-white flowers in spring are followed by large bunches of small, soft pink berries that remain on the tree through winter
S. caloneura is a large shrub or small tree, up to 12m tall in the wild, 4-5m tall in cultivation, with erect stems and wide-spreading branches in a flat-topped, tiered crown. The doubly-toothed simple leaves appear in early spring, or even late winter, and are at first bronze-tinted before becoming green and then turning golden-orange in autumn. Dense clusters, 5-8cm across, of clear white flowers with pink-purple anthers appear in early summer, followed by rounded or pear-shaped brown fruits, about 1cm long, in late summer and early autumn
S. lancastriensis is a deciduous shrub or small tree to about 6m, endemic to the UK and only found in a small area around Morecambe Bay. The oval leaves are felted white beneath, shiny, mid-green above, with clearly marked veins. Creamy white blossom in spring is followed by bright orange-red berries
'Embley' is an erect medium-sized deciduous tree with pinnate leaves composed of up to 17 lance-shaped, finely pointed leaflets turning bright red and orange in autumn. Flowers creamy-white; fruits glossy scarlet
S. wardii is a deciduous, columnar tree to 10m tall that becomes more rounded and spreading with age. The ribbed, elliptic to obovate leaves are silvery-grey and downy when young maturing to green with sparsely hairy undersides. Small clusters of creamy-white flowers in spring are followed by rounded, amber-orange fruits speckled greyish-brown, to 12mm in diameter
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