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Can you help me remember the name of this bush?

At my last house we had this bush, I guess it was..... It was red, and it grew tall incredibly fast. Every year I would cut it back to the ground, and by fall it would be easily 10 feet tall. It had a spread of less than 5 foot wide, if I remember right. I bought it from a catalog because it said it maintained the red color in the winter, which I thought was great.... The problem was that I guess I missed how tall it grew.

Anyway, back then, that was huge problem so I dug it out. But where I live now, that would be a perfect plant to grow. Thing is, I have no idea what it was called, or which catalog I may have bought it from.

Any ideas?
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Re: Can you help me remember the name of this bush?

If you can't post picture, then you have to give us all the info you can.

"It was red." What was red? Leaves, (needles?) flowers, berries?

"The catalog said it maintained the red color in the winter" Did it? Does this mean it had red leaves that it kept all winter in PA? This would be unusual.

Were they true leaves like maple leaves?

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Japanese maples are red-leaved, but deciduous, drop all those leaves for winter.

Pieris is a broadleaf evergreen that keeps its leaves all winter. Some varieties like this 'mountain fire' the new leaves are red, but mature to green:

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crimson barberry also has (small) red leaves and red berries in fall. But it is also at least semi-deciduous - keeps those leaves through a long season, but eventually drops them:

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There's red twigged dogwood that keeps its red stems all winter:
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Euonymous is a fast growing evergreen shrub that can be red/pink leaved in winter:
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it is most often conifers that are ever green, but I can't think of any red needled ones, some do have red berries:

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conifers certainly would not grow back so fast as you are talking about.


So give us more clues what you are talking about: red leaves? did they really stay on all winter? Were they really red all season/ year, small hard leaves?
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Re: Can you help me remember the name of this bush?

thanks... you supplied the right photo I think..... it looks like the red twigged dogwood.
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Re: Can you help me remember the name of this bush?

well, if that is right, I only got it from being really thorough. I wouldn't really have taken "it's red" to mean it is a deciduous shrub with red stems. :) :) all's well that ends well.

I have one and it is a fast grower, but not that fast. Yours may be in a better location.
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