Flower: Very showy, pink, appearing with or just before the leaves. Flowering March to May.
Fruit: An oblong capsule, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, with ascending hairs. The capsule splits when ripe, releasing the very tiny, somewhat winged seeds. Maturing in late summer.
Twig: Very slender, red-brown to gray, bristly-hairy. The buds are multiple terminal, flower buds are 1/2 inch long. Buds are hairless.
Bark: Brown, becoming finely shreddy.
Form: A shrub that branches low, often with a crooked stem. The multiple terminal buds often result in whorls of twigs from the central stem.
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