Add a combination of top soil (or organic peat humus) and composted cow manure to the hole when you plant. Give the plant a shaping trim from time to time, and cut it back fairly hard in late spring - late March to early April - to encourage a flush of new growth to keep it bushy and full.
- Light Needs: Full-Sun to Part-Shade
- Watering Needs: Water regularly but don't keep the area overly wet.
This 6 to 10 feet tall flowering shrub is grown for not only its showy, fragrant, fringe-like, pink flowers, but also its lush, burgundy foliage which makes it perfect for large scale borders. Too often I have seen this plant used where it will either get too big for its location or will be burned back by chilling winter weather. This plant thrives in zones 8 and 9 and may do ok in warmer areas of zone 7, but no more. Soil should be moist, well-drained and acid and this plant dislikes high pH's. Sun may be either full or part-shade. Pruning is not necessary unless to remove dead branches.
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