The younger stems on this green and somewhat glossy-leaved shrub are red, which provides nice winter color. The stems lose their vivid hue as they age, so periodic pruning will keep these shrubs colorful. The foliage also turns a lovely shade of red in the fall. The plant bears white flowers followed by whitish fruits that are relished by birds. This shrub can spread and form a thicket, so careful placement in the landscape is advised.
Height: up to 6-8’
Water needs: moist
Exposure: full sun to part shade
Availability in nurseries: fairly uncommon
Native range: most of the U.S. except the Southeast (WY native)
Plant family: Cornaceae