Native to the United States from Virginia to Florida and west to Mississippi. This rather flowing evergreen shrub performs rather well in the shade and is hardy in zones 5-8. Growing 2-4’ high and 4-6’ wide. Its arching branches and spreading habit make this a great plant for foundation planting as well shrub borders.

Leathery, glossy green leaves are arranged alternately along the stem. The leaves turn purple-green in the winter. The flowers are 1-2.5″ long and are borne in the leaf axis and bloom in April-May.

With preference to acidic, moist well drained soil, this shrub performs best when it is protected from dry winds and drought. I have only experienced leaf spots as an issue in the disease department. This can be a bit problematic if it is a massive infestation and could lead to the demise of the plant.