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This dark-leaved shrub is inconspicuous for most of the year but in autumn it comes into its own when the foliage turns vivid shades of scarlet and crimson. These are most vivid in full sun, although plants grow reasonably well in shade. The summer flowers are insignificant, but they result in attractive purple and red fruits which split open to form four winged lobes with a bright orange seed at the centre. The bark is also attractively winged. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Green
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: November to March
The soil in my garden is very alkaline and the spindle alatus likes acidic soil. Is there a similar variety that likes an alkaline soil? I would like something for my front garden which faces South
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