I rated it a 4 due to interest. For me this is a bush that wants so much to become a tree. It has beautiful leave detail and nice boost of color and interest from the seed 'puffs of smoke'; but, structurally it has been challenging. We are normally considered to be in a 5 to 6 zoned area. Yet, I struggle to maintain an appealing shape because it suffers almost yearly from dieback due to our Nebraska weather. But that in itself has not caused me to remove it from my landscape because the roots have remained hardy. Instead, I have enjoyed a yearly surprise of discovering what shape I can coax out of it for each of the 9 years it has graced my garden. It remains a point of interest in my ever changing garden and has been joined by the Cotinues coggyria, which has proven more resilient to our winters.
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