Very undemanding, easy care shrub with a lovely combination of colours providing year round interest. The leaves are a luscious purple, contrasting with yellow flowers in spring followed by bright red berries which last for several months. In autumn the leaves are a fiery red and throughout winter the stems are reddish purple. Brilliant for Bonsai and makes an excellent low hedge.
Height & Spread: 1-1.5m
Flowers: Spring with berries in summer
Position: Sun to semi-shade in any soil
Packet of 30 seeds
Caution: Berries may cause mild stomach upset if eaten.
RHS Plants for Pollinators.
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Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Mix equal parts of seed compost, eg. John Innes with vermiculite, perlite or horticultural grit and sow seeds very thinly on the surface. Seal inside a polythene bag and place in the fridge for 8 weeks. After this, move to a propagator or other warm place and maintain an optimum temperature of 12-18C. Germination should take place in 1-4 months. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
[If sowing a large quantity, mix seeds with the compost/vermiculite and place in a resealable bag in the fridge. Open the bag and give the seeds a good shake to aerate them each week. Then sow thinly into trays or, in spring/summer, directly outdoors in a nursery bed]
An alternative method is to sow in pots as above during late summer to early winter then place in a cold frame and let nature take its course as the seasons change with the seedlings emerging the next spring.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots and grow on in a cold frame or nursery bed for a year or two then plant in their final position in sun or semi-shade.