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Grown for its neat habit, yellow flowers, and red fruit, this shrub spreads prolifically by seed and is considered invasive in some areas, including the Northeast. Alternatives include bayberry ( Myrica pensylvanica ) and winterberry ( Ilex verticillata ). The many cultivars include 'Atropurpurea Nana' (red-purple foliage); 'Aurea' (bright yellow young foliage); 'Pink Queen' (variegated); and 'Silver Beauty' (leaves mottled creamy white).
Noteworthy Characteristics: Invasive. Attractive foliage.
Care: Adaptable to most any soil in full sun to part shade.
Propagation: Spreads prolifically by seed.
Problems: Scale insects, mites, Japanese weevils. Canker, dieback, fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, root rot, Verticillium wilt, rust diseases.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Style Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest