Flower: Beautiful, bright orange to almost red, appearing with or just before leaves, appearing May to June.
Fruit: An oblong woody capsule, 1/3 to 1/2 inch long, splits when mature in late summer.
Twig: Slender, reddish brown, very hairy, single bundle scar. The buds occur in clusters at ends of twigs. Flower buds are much larger (1/2 long).
Bark: Gray brown and thin, may become finely shreddy.
Form: Tall shrub that may reach 15 feet tall. Twigs often appear in whorls from central stem.
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