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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.
'Norman Hadden' is a large deciduous shrub, spreading in habit, with elliptic leaves turning reddish in autumn. flowerheads to 8cm in width, with four ovate white bracts which turn pink with age. Fruit strawberry-like
'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
'Golden Glory' is a spreading deciduous shrub or small tree, with profuse umbels of golden-yellow flowers before the leaves in late winter, even on young plants, followed by glossy red fruits in autumn
C. officinalis is a vigorous spreading shrub with rough, flaking brown bark and ovate dark green leaves turning red-purple in autumn. Yellow flowers are produced in in loose umbels, 2cm across, in late winter before the leaves open. They are followed by edible bright-red fruits
Venus is a vigorous, spreading deciduous tree up to 6m tall and 4m wide. Glossy green, oval to egg-shaped leaves turn attractive shades of yellow, red, orange and purple in autumn. In spring, established trees bear a profusion of small, dense, green flowerheads surrounded by showy, large creamy-white bracts up to 15cm across. These may be followed in autumn by raspberry-like red fruits
'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
'Anny' is an upright, deciduous shrub to 2m tall or more, with mid-green, oval leaves turning yellow and orange in autumn, insignificant white flowers in summer and small black berries. The main feature is the coloured winter stems - bright yellow at the base, shading to orange then vivid red towards the tips
'Porlock' is a small, spreading deciduous tree with elliptic leaves turning red in autumn. flowerheads to 8cm in width, comprised of tiny greenish flowers surrounded by four large, ovate creamy-white bracts. Fruits red, strawberry-like
'Madame Butterfly' is a small tree to about 7m with pointed, dark green leaves turning red and purple in autumn. In early summer, tight clusters of small, greenish flowers are surrounded by large, creamy-white bracts with dark pink tips that turn upwards to resemble butterflies. Edible, deep pink, strawberry-like fruit follow
C. capitata is a spreading bushy evergreen tree or shrub with grey-green leaves to12cm long. In summer green flower clusters 1.5cm across are produced and surrounded by cream-white bracts 4-5cm long. Flowers are followed by pendent strawberry-like fruits
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