R. erosum

This is the new growth of this plant as it begins to expand! Talk about a chocolate fix – and all those hairs too. The flowers are a very bright red in February or March — just the thing to remind us it’s almost spring. The leaf is quite rugose with little “ears” at its base as it attaches to the petiole. With time, the trunk adds even more interest with peeling bark of grays, purples and red on a smooth trunk underneath.

R. erosum will like: a mix of sun and shade, small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering, well aerated soil with good drainage. It’s hardy for Western Washington.