Virtues: Fragrant flowers, good fall foliage color. Provides winter interest with its red twigs.
Flowers: Small clusters of yellowish-green flowers appear in early spring. Not much to look at, but nicely fragrant.
Foliage: Its typical maple leaves are green in spring and summer, turning yellow or red-orange in fall.
Habit: Small tree growing 10 to 30 feet tall with a 10- to 15-foot spread, or a multistemmed shrub to 6 feet tall.
Season: Year-round. Offers winter interest with its reddish twigs.
Origin: Rocky bluffs and lake shores of the western United States and Canada.
Cultivation: Grow in sun or shade and moist to wet soil. Sun brings out the best color in twigs. USDA Zones 4–9.