Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, erect, often 5-6.5 ft (1.5-2 m) tall but may be double that. Leaves narrow obovate to oval, 5-7 cm, base triangular, margin finely toothed, often red tinged, dark green above, pale below. Flowers pink to white, dark pink in bud, in short terminal clusters 5-7 cm long, held just above the leaves.
- Sun. Some say tolerates maritime exposure, but Sunset Western Garden Book (2001, p. 336, Brenzel, ed.) states that, "Leaves burn in seacoast wind and salt as well as in high heat". Reportedly sensitive to root disturbances.
- The cultivar 'Gold Brian' has new growth that is lime green which soon becomes bright yellow.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to Brazil.
- laevis: smooth, the leaves.