Beautiful watermelon red flower clusters grow on this attractive deciduous ornamental shrub or small tree with an upright growth habit. Affords an explosion of color in the landscape with its red summer blooms and bright orange-red to dark red fall foliage. Plant has smooth, light tan, and peeling bark. Excellent specimen or plant in groups for year-round interest. The best cold hardy selection from the National Arboretum.
Best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Does well in loamy, clay soils with good drainage. Benefits from a slow release fertilizer. Overly fertile soils tend to produce lush foliage growth at the expense of flowering with somewhat increased susceptibility to winter injury. Water roots deeply, particularly in dry spells, but avoid wetting the foliage. Plant in a protected location and apply a winter mulch.
Hardiness Zone: USDA Z5 - Cold Hardy to -10 to -20(F)
Light: Full sun
Water: Water deeply, avoid wetting foliage
Fertilize: Early spring and early fall; benefits from a slow release fertilizer
Height: 8-10 feet
Spacing: 8-10 feet