A deciduous shrub with arching stems which has been found as a naturalised garden escape in a river gorge, in hedgerows and on railway banks. Lowland.
This species was introduced into cultivation in c. 1789. It was recorded in the wild in 1830 (Berks.) and then not again until 1966 (Angus).
Native of S.E. Europe and W. & C. Asia.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.