Plant of the Month
To me, this small tree is at its best when planted as a graceful, high pruned, multi-stemmed shrub. In April it produces a profusion of star-shaped, white flowers with bronze tinged young leaves that turn green as they mature. As it develops the canopy is light and airy creating a dappled shade below which allows for underplanting. It produces berries over the summer months which turn dark red and are quickly devoured by birds. In autumn the leaves display wonderful colour tones of red, yellow and orange. It requires little pruning and is an incredibly versatile and tolerant shrub, coping well with exposed sites and tricky situations.