|leaves, flowers, edible fruits
|Color of flowers
|IV, V IV, V
|Density on 1 m2
|3 - 8 Zones 3 - 8
A tall deciduous shrub of ornamental flowers and tasty fruit. Resistant to freeze and springtime frost. Flowers and yields fruit early. Recommended for house gardens and for commercial plantations.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Leaves ovate, dark green, turn spectacular orange-red colour in autumn. Flowers white, gathered in inflorescences, start blooming in IV. Fruits are decorative, edible and nutritious berries with a waxy coating – juicy and sweet tasting; dark blue-black when ripe; they are ripe in VI–VII. The fruit is borne from the second year after planting.
HOW IT GROWS: A large shrub of upright shoots. It reaches 6 m height and is a slow grower gaining 0.5 m annually.
WHERE TO PLANT: It grows and yields fruits best in sunny sites. Tolerates moderate, well-drained soil of neutral or slightly acidic pH. A healthy, robust cultivar, rarely subject to pest. Highly frost hardy (zone 3–8).
HOW TO PLANT AND MAINTAIN: Before planting immerse the plant container in water for 10-30 min. Place the root ball in a 60 x 60 x 60 cm hole with a 10 cm layer of well-rotten manure. Fill the hole with fertile compost soil. Flatten the earth around the plant and cover with bark mulch. Place the root ball as deep as it was in the container, one plant per 1 m². Fertilize from April and water adequately during growing season. The shrub does not require regular pruning. A light pruning can be performed once the plant thickens after a couple of seasons. Excessive pruning limits the fruitification.
HOW TO APPLY: The cultivar is particularly useful in house gardens and park settings. It is suitable for creating high, ungroomed hedges. Recommended for amateur cultivation as well as for commercial plantations (including the ecological ones) The fruit may be eaten raw or processed. They have health-promoting properties, are rich in vitamins, polyphenols, mineral salts, carotenoids and fibre; they have a high antioxidant capacity.