This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek, dis, twice, and anthos, flower; the flowers being in 2-flowered heads). Hamamelidaceae. Ornamental shrub, grown for its handsome foliage, assuming beautiful autumnal tints.
Deciduous, glabrous: leaves alternate, long-petioled, entire, pal-mately veined: flowers perfect, axillary, in pairs on erect peduncles and connate back to back; calyx 5-parted; petals 5, spreading; stamens 5, shorter than sepals; ovary superior, with 2 short styles: fruit a dehiscent caps, with several black glossy seeds in each cell. - One species in Japan. Hardy ornamental shrub of elegant habit, with distinct, handsome foliage, turning to a beautiful claret-red or red and orange in fall. Prop, by seeds, germinating the second or third year, and by layers; possibly also by grafting on Hamamelis.
Maxim. Fig. 1278. Shrub, to 10 ft., with slender branches: leaves roundish - ovate, obtuse or acutish, truncate or cordate at the base, leathery at maturity, dark bluish green above, paler below, 2-4 in. long: flowers dark purple, about 3/4in. across, with linear-lanceolate petals. Oct.: fruit ripens the following Oct. High Mountains of Cent. Japan. G.F. 6:215 (adapted in Fig. 1278). R.H. 1910:363. Demands a light peaty soil. Alfred Rehder.