Description and General Information:
This is one of the smallest mountain-ash species, rarely exceeding 100 cm. It is a woody plant that suckers to forms a larger clump. The dark green leaves are pinnately-compound, turning red to purple in autumn. Clusters of white flowers develop into crimson then pearl-pink berries that often remain on the plants into the early winter months.
In the wild, the species is found as an understory shrub and on rocky slopes at an elevation of 2200-4000 m. It is native to NW Yunnan and neighboring Sechuan.
This dwarf mountain-ash requires full sun and a well-drained soil. It is not fussy about soil pH...
The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik. Timber Press, 2014. 240 pp. paperback.
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At first read, this book seems to be written with the beginning perennial gardener in mind. It certainly starts with the basics of gardening, presented in a very thorough and complete way. And if one were to follow Mr. Diblik’s garden instructions (and that’s a big “IF”), a beginning gardener should be able to create a beautiful, low maintenance garden. I’m sure some would-be gardeners are disciplined and patient planners but the ones I know are like me – impulsive, impatient, and overly ambitious.