This large shrub has one of the most stunning flower displays of late summer. Its blossoms are vivid-magenta pink and ruffly. It does not grow as a tree in Kansas, although it will grow larger in sheltered sites. It has purple foliage that fades to green in later summer and interesting exfoliating bark. It can be pruned in late winter to maintain a tidy appearance. It is excellent as a buffer hedge, as a foundation plant, or as an accent plant.
This shrub prefers full sun to bloom best and is heat and drought-tolerant but intolerant of wet soils.