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This large shrub, a native of European hedgerows, has very hard dense wood traditionally used for making spindle and other small implements. It is an attractive tree in the autumn when the foliage assume vivid tints. These are brightest in full sun, although plants grow reasonably well in shade. The summer flowers are insignificant, but they result in attractive rosy-pink fruits which split open to form four winged lobes with a bright orange seed at the centre. 'Red Cascade' almost becomes a weeping tree under the weight of fruit. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivar: Red Cascade
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Green
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: June to August
Just one concern, have read elsewhere that this plant should not be grown near beet or bean fields as it is a host plant for beet and bean aphis.
Is it unsuitable for a wildlife corner in an allotment?
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