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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Plant Profile Winter Stems -

Acer pen­syl­van­icum ‘Ery­thro­cladum’ This small tree has pink- and gold-tinged bark with chalky stri­a­tions. The young shoots are bright co­ral-pink and can be en­cour­aged by prun­ing ev­ery three to four years. Au­tumn leaf colour is a bonus. 7m. RHS H6, USDA 3a-8b. Rubus cock­bur­ni­anus ‘Gold­en­vale’ A showy bram­ble with bright, golden-yel­low, fern-like leaves that fall to re­veal chalky white sprawl­ing win­ter stems. Small pur­plish flow­ers de­velop into black, ined­i­ble fruits. 90cm. AGM. RHS H6, USDA 4a-8b. Rubus bi­florus A suck­er­ing shrub with up­right, prickly stems cov­ered in white bloom. Left un­pruned it makes an im­pen­e­tra­ble thicket, so an­nual prun­ing to ground level is the best prac­tice. 3m. AGM. RHS H6, USDA 4a-8b. Co­ry­lus avel­lana ‘Con­torta’ The corkscrew hazel has softly shin­ing, twisted and con­torted, brown branches and twigs hung with long, golden-yel­low catkins in late win­ter. No prun­ing is nec­es­sary. 2.4m. AGM. RHS H6, USDA 3a-9b.

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