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Cottenester is a slow growing sprawling climbing tree. It is looking as its best two or three times a year depending on where it is planted. Once when it flowers in the spring, twice when it is in full leaf climbing up a wall and third when it is covered in berries like this one. The plant it is growing through is a Hebe which I have cut back to its core every year to keep it in shape. Hebes readily grows back from old stems. In this way it is kept compact, branching and bushy instead of open and flopping over as the stems gets too long. As Hebes flowers on the tips of the stems pruning encourages many more stems and more flowers.

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