• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Stunning Fall Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:Ay-ser shir-ah-sa-WAN-um
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Multicolored
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Hosta (Hosta); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Astilbe (Astilbe)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide slightly acidic, well-drained soil; shelter from drying winds. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures. Mulch to keep root surface cool. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring..
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This exceptional cultivar originated at the Maplewood Nursery in the 1970s, selected by J.D. Vertrees.

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