Vivid single orange-red flowers put on a showy display on this dense, rounded evergreen in the spring. The dark green summer foliage becomes a wine red in the winter adding seasonal interest. Developed in Stewartstown, PA by Joseph Gable for its cold hardness and later flowering time. It is a dense, spreading, low-to-medium-sized shrub which typically grows 4-5' tall with a similar spread.
Best grown in acidic, humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, moisture-retentive but well-drained soils in part shade. Prefers locations with sun-dappled shade or morning sun with afternoon shade. Avoid hot afternoon sun. Plant in a location sheltered from strong winter winds. Good soil drainage is essential (doesn't like "wet feet"). Poor drainage can cause root rot, therefore raised plantings should be considered in heavy clay soils. Shallow root system (avoid cultivating around shrub) appreciates a good organic mulch (e.g., wood chips, bark, oak leaves or pine needles) to retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures. Roots must not be allowed to dry out.