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This shade tolerant deciduous shrub grows to a mature height of 6-8 feet by 6-8 feet wide. Its upright arching habit and dark green leaf color make this a good choice for border plantings. Gray-brown bark on older stems exfoliates to give winter interst. Pale pink bell shaped flowers in early June are followed by brown hairy seeds that are persistent on the shrub well into winter.  Its reddish fall color is rather insignificant. Performs well in rather sandy poor soils and once established is rather drought tolerant.

image source: Gertrud K.