GROWTH HABIT: Dense mounding shrub, round to dome-shaped.
HARDINESS: Zones 7-8
CULTURE: Part sun or shade; rich, moist, slightly acidic soils.
LANDSCAPE USE: Mixed shrub plantings; effective in containers. Dirr says appearance is of "dainty proportions."
FOLIAGE: Alternate (may appear whorled at branch ends), elliptic-oblong, entire, 2/12" - 5" long. New growth is bright green, matures to dark green above and pale green below. Visible glands. Fragrant when crushed.
BUDS: Small red, imbricate scales, 1/16 - 1/8" long.
BARK: Green tinged with purple-red; fragrant when bruised.
FLOWERS: Small 1/3" flowers on upright panicles, dark red opening to cream-white in early spring. Attractive peduncles/pedicels are purple-red and glossy. Dioecious; male plants have slightly larger flowers.