A dark-leaved sport singled out in a nursery of more than 120,000 seedlings near Hamburg, Germany, for its deep burgundy-red foliage. Pink rosy buds form in early May and open up to creamy white corymbs consisting of 30-60 tiny flowers. An early pollen source the bees love.
Alternate roundish-ovate leaves have 3-5 lobes with a slightly serrated edge—reminiscent of highbush cranberry. Foliage adds visual texture to gardens, hedges and borders. When leaves drop in fall, attractive exfoliating brown bark is exposed. Upright stiff branches, slightly spreading.
Easy to grow with few maintenance needs or disease problems. Drought tolerant. Grows well in neutral to acid soils. Species native Quebec to Virginia and inland. Z2. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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