Type: Deciduous shrub
Height: 6-10 feet
Spread: 8-15 feet
Native Range: Southern and Central US, southern and east-central Missouri naturally
Ideal Site Requirements:
Soil: moist, acidic organically rich soils
Sunlight needs: full sun to part shade
Tolerates: Erosion, clay soil
Landscape use: Superior winter-flowering shrub for the landscape. Shrub borders, woodland gardens. Screen or tall hedge. Good specimen.
Brief Description: Easily grown shrub
Wildlife Benefits: Attracts birds
Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Caterpillars and Japanese beetles may chew on the leaves. Watch for leaf gall aphids, weevils, scale, leafroller and leafminer. Potential diseases include powdery mildew, occasional leaf spots and rots.
Stand out Features: fragrant flowers that bloom in mid-late winter, promptly remove root suckers to prevent colonial spread
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