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A Siberian and Korean shrub, this is very vigorous and eventually makes a large plant if not pruned regularly. Hard pruning helps to rejuvenate plants and replace old, dull stems with brightly coloured young growth. The species has fine, red stems in autumn and winter, but is too vigorous for many gardens. Garden varieties are more restrained, and 'Aurea' is one of the best, combining winter colour with the soft greenish-yellow of its foliage in summer. To get the benefit of both, cut down one third of stems each spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Golden
Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: November to February
Flowering period: May to June
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