Although this stylish deciduous shrub is grown for its rich purple foliage, it also bears clusters of pretty, pink-flushed, fragrant white flowers on arching branches in early summer, followed by glossy red seed heads in autumn, both of which contrast beautifully with its leaves. When plants reach maturity, the bark peels away in attractive, spalling layers. It is ideal for growing in a mixed herbaceous border, looking fantastic when grown alongside lime-green coloured plants.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds germinate very slowly indeed in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown. Some seeds may take more than a year to germinate.
Common name:Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo