Very attractive shrub, you may have seen them grafted to make small trees. (Please see second photo). The freshly spring growth emerges pink on narrow, lance-shaped leaves gradually maturing to variegated shades of pink, creamy-white and green, before finally fading to green as the summer progresses.
It has a nice compact habit and is ideal for planting in mixed borders and as edging along a driveway or as a hedge plant.
It can be trimmed to keep to your desired shape. Grows to 4ft to 6ft if not cut back.
Likes full sun to part shade in moist soil, well-drained. If your border is a bit drier it can still be planted but just water your border through summer as you would with other plants if there is a dry spell.
Prune as needed but many gardeners prune the stems back in late winter each year to encourage more vigorous growth, giving more colourful foliage.
Grown in a 2 ltr pot size.