Not a particularly exotic shrub but due to it’s attractive late summer to autumn leaf colours and early spring flowering (adding some early colour before the more tropical plants have got under way) we felt we had to grow it. It is a large a large, upright, deciduous shrub to small tree originating from Eastern Canada and has an open growth habit. The young leaves are bronze tinged, turning green and then orange to red in autumn.
White flowers are produced in short, erect racemes in spring before the foliage starts to emerge and are followed by red to purple berries in Autumn. The fruits are edible and taste like sweet apple, they are also loved by birds so you need to get in quick. There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether this is a true species or a natural hybrid but will leaves science to figure that out.
Fully hardy and is happy in full sun to part shade with a well drained to moist but well drained, acid to neutral soil. It can reach up to 12 meters in height with a spread of up to 8 meters and does not usually need pruning if it has the space to reach full size. If pruning is required it should be done in early to mid Autumn or slightly later if the foliage has not all dropped.
Sent as a young plant in a 9cm pot.
Photo by "Busch Jakobsberg" by Udo Schröter - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Busch_Jakobsberg.jpg#/media/File:Busch_Jakobsberg.jpg and I, Pbuergler, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2228830