- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any fertile, reasonably well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July and August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This deciduous suckering shrub really comes into its own in autumn when its stems are laden with pink-flushed berries, which usually last well into winter. It is a tough and tolerant shrub that takes pollution, exposure and poor soils in its stride. The small summer flowers are not particularly showy, but they are rich in nectar so are very attractive to bees and other pollinating insects. Useful for under-planting trees as well as creating an informal hedge, it is also worth including in a mixed shrub border to add late interest.
- Garden care: In February or March remove any misplaced or crossing branches to maintain a permanent, healthy framework. Maintain species grown as informal, flowering hedges by cutting back the flowered shoots immediately after flowering to strong buds or young lower growth.
- Harmful if eaten