Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Large, broadleaf, deciduous shrub or small tree, 7-25 ft (2.1-7.6 m) tall, shoots pubescent then glabrous. Leaves simple, opposite or in whorls of 3's, ovate, 7-15 cm long, acuminate, rounded or tapered at base, toothed. Flowers in panicles, conical or pyramidal, 15-20 cm long, with a few white-pink sterile flowers and numerous yellow-white, fertile flowers, downy stalks; blooms in summer into fall.
- Sun to part shade, best in rich, well-drained, moist soil. Tough plant. Flowers on new wood, so it can be pruned after blooming (i.e., fall, winter, early spring).
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native to Japan and eastern and southern China.
- Many cultivars. Dirr (2009) describes over 30. Here are three:
- Angel Blush® - showy sterile flowers are white but turn pinkish and finally rosy-red
- 'Pink Diamond' - sterile flowers emerge white but turn to a rich pink; they are in dense clusters
- 'Unique' - flowers in large clusters, first white then they turn pinkish, color intensifies with age
- paniculata: flowers in panicles (panicle: a branched indeterminate inflorescence [flower cluster] with flowers maturing from the bottom upwards).