Three to four foot tall, burgundy-purple, bamboo-like shoots emerge in early spring like an exotic multi-limbed creature unfurling itself into the new season. The foliage then emerges flushed with chocolate-brown. Creamy white or greenish flowers are followed by dark blue-black berries that persist on this evergreen plant through winter. Grow in more sun to enhance and lengthen the burgundy display in the stems and leaves. A Dan Hinkley collection from Sichuan Province, China.
Asia - China and Japan
Cool shady places at elevations of 1100-2900m in Nepal. Forests and thickets at elevations of 700-3000m.