|'Atropurpurea Nana' is a smaller variety, reaching only two feet in height. Not as attractive as some of the other smaller forms, the foliage is pale green to yellow with swathes of wine tones. With the coming of cooler weather, the foliage becomes a more uniform reddish hue.
This is an upright shrub, with evergreen leaves that change color in fall. Leaves are pinate to 3-pinate with lance-shaped leaflets. Bears conical panicles, to 16 inches long, of small, star-shaped, white flowers with large, yellow anthers. Red berry-like clusters are persistant through winter, and can be used in arrangements, or eaten by birds.
Found along the foundation of older homes, you may inherit a plant that needs some selective pruning. Do not whack the entire plant back so that all canes are the same height. Selectively prune, staggering the heights of each cane.