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The species is not very often grown, partly because several plants need to be grown together to produce good crops of the violet bead-like berries. 'Profusion' is a great improvement, fruiting well on its own, with large packed clusters of the berries, in mid-autumn, overlapping with the golden purple leaf tints and then lingering after leaf-fall. The young foliage is bronze-purple, and makes good material for vases, as do bare branches laden with berries. Plants tolerate a little lime in the soil, but conditions which are too alkaline will cause leaf yellowing. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Species: bodinieri var. giraldii
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Flowering period: July to July
has anyone got any tips as how to prune this shrub ?
Cut hard back in early spring taking out a quarter.
I have got a small one in a pot,will it be hardy enough to stay outside ?or should I take it into a unheated greenhouse for the winter (it is about 18" tall and about the same across but sparse not bushy.
Can this be propagated from the berries?
I grow mine in British Columbia, Canada. It does really well outside. I don't think it can be propagated from the berries, more likely a softwood cutting in the spring. Mine is in shade and grows fairly slowly. This year however it is truly spectacular, it's the bell of the ball this fall!
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