|A superb shade-loving, flowering evergreen shrub. Foliage is dark, glossy green, bronze to red when young. Urn-shaped flowers are borne in pendent, terminal panicles, to 6 inches long. Bloomtime is from late winter to early spring. Related to rhododendrons and azaleas, it requires the same shady, moist, acidic, well-drained soil. 'Debutante' is a compact and low-growing cultivar, with white flowers borne in dense, upright panicles, to 5 inches long. 3 feet tall and wide.