Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries
Native to many northern regions of the Old World; naturalized in U.S., Canada. Lush, spreading, 6 to 8-in.-high ground cover. Blooms for a short period in early spring, sending up arching stems that bear small, nodding, sweetly scented, waxy white bells along one side. Broad, glossy green, deciduous leaves are attractive throughout growing season. Bright red berries (poisonous, like the rest of the plant) may appear in fall.
Double- and pink-flowered forms are sold, as are types with variegated leaves. All are charming as carpet between camellias, rhododendrons, or pieris, under deciduous or high-branching evergreen trees. Can become invasive where well adapted.
Dwarf form seldom exceeding 1 1/2 ft. tall. Stems not as red as those of species.
Grown for brilliant red fall foliage and winter twigs; too should be cut back severely in late dormant...
Yellow twigs and branches.