Due to its multi-season appeal, this multi-stemmed tree, introduced from China only in 1980, is finally starting to gain followers. Covered with large clusters of white flowers in mid summer, in late summer and fall it displays great masses of pink-red seeds. Finally, the winter season highlights its shaggy bark - the color of soft beach sand. It does require shaping to highlight its normally "stemmy" form - a central leader formed early helps to make it a highly marketable tree, but it cannot be reshaped if neglected when small.
Small to medium-sized shrub with fragrant foliage, often used for naturalizing in states along the Atlantic coast from MA to SC. Famed for its use in making candles using the waxy berries during colonial times, its best present use is as an easy foundation plant, where it will tolerate compact or infertile soils.
With its tree-like form and lack of pest and disease problems, it has a secure place as a specimen tree in the landscape. Hardy and adaptable, it is best planted in full sun. Weaker branches should be thinned occasionally to highlight the strongest branches of its handsome form.