This striking, deciduous plant with its attractively striped bark, forms a bush or a small tree. The young, variegated leaves have lovely pink, white and green colour. The mature leaves are green or green and white. The bark on the young twigs is red, while the bark on the mature branches and trunk take on a snakeskin colour and texture. the combination makes the plant extremely decorative even in the winter.
Height 300cm (9 feet), spread 200cm (6 feet).
Cut back long shoots in March to promote compact growth. Tolerates sun and dappled shade. The plant is fully hardy but will need some protection if planted in pot. Likes a sandy, humus-rich soil. If this is not available add some garden peat to the planting hole.
|Hardiness||Fully hardy |
|Sun||Light shadow / sun|