|A superb shade-loving, flowering evergreen shrub. Foliage is dark, glossy green, bronze to red when young. Urn-shaped flowers are borne in 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.
'Purity' is a compact cultivar, bearing white flowers in upright panicles and light green young foliage. 3 feet tall and wide.