CULTURE: Sun to partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Benefits from winter protection.
LANDSCAPE USE: The good rhododendron-like foliage is a welcome addition as a specimen or in combination with other plants. The growth habit is consistent, and as a result, it may be used in more formal settings.
FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblong 3 - 8" long, glabrous, rhododendron-like. The mid vein and petiole may be tinged red.
BUDS: Imbricate, greenish red. Terminal buds (1/2" long) are conical and lateral buds (1/8" long) are ovoid.
BARK: Young branches rather thick, bluish green; turns reddish in winter.
FLOWERS: Racemes in the axils of the leaves, about 1" long. Flowers are green or creamy white and inconspicuous.
FRUIT: Blue-black, 1/2".
PESTS: None serious.
`Variegatum' - marginal white variegation
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