Hardy, deciduous, spring-flowering shrub
Description: Soft, delicate pink flowers formed in clusters; dark green foliage turns yellow to red in the fall
Habit: Grows 6 to 10 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide; upright, arching vase shape
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and well-drained soil; prune off oldest stems after flowering
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 8
Attributes: Deer resistant
This beautiful shrub was first found in the wild during the early 1890s by an Italian missionary to China, Guiseppe Giraldi, and again in 1901 by the plant explorer E. H. Wilson. Rare in nature, the shrub was discovered on a windswept ridge in the mountains of northern Hupeh Province. Plants raised from Wilson’s seeds bloomed in Veitch’s nursery in England in 1910. One of the seedlings was sent to Arnold Arboretum in 1907 and was recognized as one of the most important shrubs ever introduced from China. American nurseries soon sold it by the thousands.