Another winter flowering shrub and one of my favourites. Nothing like the blackcurrants to which it is related, this is a low, gnarly, rather picturesque evergreen, producing dangling trails of pale greenish yellow flowers from red bracts in earliest spring.
Easy-going but probably best with some shade from deciduous trees and shrubs. Grow Cyclamen and Scillas through it.
Male and female plants are available.
The common male form is known, confusingly, as Amy Doncaster and has more rounded open flowers
The female form has denser clusters of flowers with conspicuous bracts. Black berries are occasionally produced
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