Hardy, little-known members of witch hazel family with lovely layered, arching branches and small clusters of late-winter to early-spring flowers in leaf axils followed by small, nutlet-like fruit. Maintains green color throughout winter. Adaptable but grows best in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Responds well to hard pruning.
- Several excellent hybrids have been developed from the species listed below.
- All have reddish maroon flowers in late winter.
- Blue Cascade has bronzy red new growth maturing to blue-green; cascading to 3 feet high by 4 feet wide.
- Emerald Heights produces bright green new growth darkening to dark blackish green; grows 5-6 feet high and wide.
- Vintage Jade is spreading and wonderfully layered to 2 feet high and 5 feet wide in 5 years; shiny, dark green foliage.
blue isu tree
- From China.
- Spreading, arching shrub with narrow, blue-green leaves 33 inches long and 1 inches wide.
- Grows 45 feet high by 8 feet wide.
- Pretty, but not especially showy, clusters of red flowers.
- Cut branches good for arrangements.
- From Japan.
- Spreading, eventually becoming an upright shrub to 15 feet high.
- Reddish purple flowers in early spring; fairly showy.
- Oval, shiny, dark green leaves; 1 inches long.
- Best in moist, acid soils.