Native to southeastern U.S. Grown mainly for fall foliage color, but spring bloom is pretty: Small, honey-scented white flowers in 1- to 2 inches., brushlike clusters on zigzag- ging stems. Blossoms may appear before or with leaves. Perform best in moist, well-drained, acid soil.
- Typically 23 feet high (though it can grow considerably taller) and as wide or wider, with 1- to 212 inches-long, dark green leaves.
- Foliage turns intense yellow to orange to scarlet in autumn, often with all three colors in the same leaf.
- Blue Mist has blue-green foliage that turns yellow in fall.
- Suzanne is choice, with reliably compact growth and showy orange-red fall color.
- Erect shrub to 9 feet tall and 6 feet wide, with roundish, 2- to 4 inches-long leaves turning yellow to orange to purplish red in autumn.
- Mount Airy (F.
- x intermedia) is smaller (35 feet high and wide), with abundant bloom, good dark green leaf color, and consistently superb fall color in yellow, orange, and scarlet.
- Blue Shadow (F.
- x intermedia) grows 3-4 feet tall and wide with powder-blue foliage.