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Structural interest meets color for four seasons of glory.

This common shrub of the Midwest and Eastern forests has finally made it to the local nurseries. A favorite of mine since childhood, I was very excited to see it again. The spring growth is vibrant orange/green, with great texture on the bark, and leaves flush out a very fresh clear green. Depending on the weather, fall color can be scarlet, as it was the first year, or pale yellows and soft oranges, as it was last year. Winter interest lies in the bare branches arranged almost in spirals. New handbuilt rectangular vessel by Portland potter Jan Edwards. $300