Posted: 08/12/2013 at 10:52
My Midwinter Fire is happy as Larry. So happy in fact that two have become more than 12 as the perishers sucker and spread. I dug one up to move it to a more visible spot and the next year a dozen new shrubs had grown in the original spot.
As said, it isn't as robust as the bright red alba sibirica forms so I thin, rather than stool it to keep the fresh stem colour going. The bright red alba sibirica also suckers but not as badly and can be cut back hard every year to maintain a reasonable size and renew stem colour. Looks stunning even on dull days.
I have the green stemmed one - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=2524 - and it looks great in low winter sun as does - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=531 - the one with mahogany stems and variegated leaves which give added interest through summer..
There is also a purple form - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=5352 - which is on my wish list.