Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Deciduous Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured Good Fall Color
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
On Oct 4, 2011, Studio1RedBank from Eatontown, NJ wrote:
This is a lovely, reliable, carefree bush that rewards in the spring with flowers and in the fall with these incredible purple berries providing great colour to an otherwise drab fall semi-shaded corner. It survives soggy years and drought equally as well. It does need periodic light trimming to keep it from getting leggy and I do it in the early spring.
On Oct 3, 2011, 100cyclist from Newport Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
When I bought the plant at local nursery, it had beautiful berries in bloom. The following year, it got leggy VERY quickly, and had almost no bloom. I took a chance, and cut it back hard, and now I have a full shrub....really nice, and certainly an interesting plant for fall going into our mild CA winter.
On Aug 16, 2011, HydroPinke from Burien, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I love this plant. I have had it in a container for about 2 years and its always been beautiful. Once of the last things in my yard to leaf out, its pretty slow.
It gets clusters of pink flowers at each node, not very showy, but they are profuse.
Then they transform into the most beautiful purple berries. The foliage turns to a nice bronze and the summer comes to an end. It makes a really nice contrast to the berries if they are both on the plant at the same time. I cant wait to propagate mine.
On Sep 3, 2006, isom from Mission BC Canada (Zone 8b) wrote:
I'm rooting some cuttings from this shrub for my own garden. It grows at a friend's place in a group of 4. I think it's quite beautiful - not overly showy like some shrubs. But I like the subdued look that really shines when one gets close enough to take a better look.
The smaller leaves fill out nicely, providing a dense but still somewhat airy appearance. The individual flowers are tiny (even smaller than pink spirea) & the clusters of flowers aren't that large either so if you like big showy shrubs, this wouldn't be for you. Still, it's charming even as it is but when the berries turn a lovely lavender colour in the fall & practically shine once the leaves fall, it comes into its own & outdoes any other shrub at this time of year.
It looks so much nicer than rhodos or camellias that look sickly as the weather gets hot & dry. They look fresh & healthy at all times & when the frost comes, the leaves turn red & orange.
The cuttings are coming along well so they seem to root easily. It will probably be a few years before mine are big enough to make a show but I can say with pride, when they do, I raised them from mere sticks!
On Nov 26, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is supposed to have clusters of bright purple berries in the autumn. Plant bought as a plug from Mair & Thompson circa 1999. Quite quick to grow, can grow to a small tree if not pruned, I let this grow and then moved it to a sunnier spot, pruned it back to make it a little bushier. Also grew 2 new plants from it, easy to do from semi-ripe to ripe stems, as I have not yet had above a few small (not like you see in the garden centre) berries. I have read that these plants need a group of 3 in order to produce good berries, maybe I will get them when the other plants, growing with it, get a little more mature. This variety is supposedly meant to make berries on its own, still waiting.
I would like to come back and give it a positive! The flowers are a little different, leaves turn a light bronze in autumn but not long before they fall.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bessemer, Alabama North Little Rock, Arkansas Newport Beach, California Bellair-meadowbrook Terrace, Florida Loxahatchee, Florida Port Saint Lucie, Florida Townsend, Georgia Smiths Grove, Kentucky West Friendship, Maryland White Oak, Maryland Grand Haven, Michigan Washington, Michigan Candia, New Hampshire Eatontown, New Jersey Dix Hills, New York Roosevelt Isl, New York Balfour, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Akron, Ohio Galena, Ohio Dallas, Oregon Harbeck-fruitdale, Oregon Sherwood, Oregon Barto, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Malvern, Pennsylvania Houston, Texas Portsmouth, Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia Williamsburg, Virginia Bellingham, Washington Five Corners, Washington Mountlake Terrace, Washington Olympia, Washington Seattle, Washington Maple Bluff, Wisconsin