Japan, Korea, China
Large rounded shrub or small tree
Sun to partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Benefits from winter protection.
The good rhododendron-like foliage is a welcome addition as a specimen or in combination with other plants. The growth habit is consistent, and as a result, it may be used in more formal settings.
Alternate, oblong 3 to 8 inch long, glabrous, rhododendron-like. The mid vein and petiole may be tinged red.
Buds are imbricate, greenish red. Terminal buds (.5 inch long) are conical and lateral buds (.125 inches long) are ovoid.
Young branches rather thick, bluish green; turns reddish in winter.
Racemes in the axils of the leaves, about 1 inch long. Flowers are green or creamy white and inconspicuous.
Blue-black, .5 inch