A dense deciduous shrub 4-10’H. Showy, flaky bark peels away in many layers. Maple-like lobed leaves; small white flowers in ball-like clusters with numerous, red-tipped stamens; unique fruit is an inflated glossy red pod which turns dry and brown and then splits open to release seeds. Generally found near streams in association with wetland-riparian vegetation. Needs part shade and regular watering. Its leaves change color in fall.
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Physocarpus capitatus – Calscape