Common Name: lily-of-the-valley shrub
Origin/Ecology: Native to eastern China, Taiwan, Japan.
Habit: Grows 1-4 m tall, occasionally up to 10 m. Loses bottom branches and becomes arborescent.
Leaves: Leaves clustered, simple, leathery, glabrous, lustrous, green, oblanceolate, with crenate/serrate margins.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers terminal, pink or white, urn-shaped in racemes. Fruits are red-brown capsules.
Water Use, Soil: Tolerates drought
Exposure: Tolerates shade.
Landscape Uses: Mixed shrub border, screening, small garden/space, specimen, spring interest.
Limitations: fungal leaf spot, mites, nematodes, scale insects