Scientists place the number of species in this genus between
one and three. They are, or it is, native to Asia.
However you count them, they are deciduous shrubs with multple stems in a
cluster to about eight feet tall. White and yellow to red clusters of flowers
appear at the tops of stems in late winter. Large, gray-green leaves appear
after flowering. The stems have been used in the manufacture of paper. It is
reported that all official documents in Japan are printed on paper made
from this plant.
Light: part shade to shade
Water: moist, well-drained, not soggy, not drought tolerant
Soil: moist, well-drained, and acidic
Moist, well-drained soil is a challenge in Jacksonville. Our soils tend to one or the
other. This is a very attractive plant for the ideal site, possibly best in the
hands of an experienced gardener.