A deciduous shrub found as a naturalised garden escape on heaths and in Pinus plantations. Reproduction is by seed. Lowland.
This species was introduced into cultivation in Britain in 1765, and is grown in gardens for its autumn colour as well as its fruits. It was planted commercially in Dorset in the 1950s. It was first recorded in the wild in 1980 (S. Hants.). Our plants may be a modern commercial taxon of hybrid origin.
Native of eastern N. America; widely grown as a crop throughout temperate N. America.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.