Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs
Only a few of the ten or so species are seen in gardens. One feature these shrubs have in common is small, scented flowers in long, narrow, tightly packed clusters. Little pruning is required.
Native to the eastern United States. Grows to 3–15 ft. tall, spreading by suckers to form large patches where well adapted. Narrow, oval, 4-in.-long, dark green leaves turn purplish or bright red in fall, hang on the plant for a long time, possibly all winter. Fragrant, creamy white summer flowers in erect clusters to 6 in. long.
‘Doubledecker’ (‘Doppelganger’), another 2-footer, has something extra: a seco...
Native to eastern North America; for ornamental species, see
California native. Satiny, lavender-pink flowers on 1–2-ft. stems in late spring. Spreads freely...