|Leaf: Opposite or some leaves alternate or whorled, simple, elliptical, entire margin, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, dark green above, paler below.
Flower: Very attractive, white, pink red or purple (depending on cultivar), occurring in 8 inch spike-like clusters, appearing in late summer.
Fruit: Dry, 6-parted, brown capsule in upright spikes, each capsule 1/2 inch long, persistent through the winter.
Twig: Slender, brown (initially red or green), ridged or angled, buds very small.
Bark: Gray-brown, smooth, exfoliating and exposing shades of brown, reddish brown and green, very attractive.
Form: Medium to large shrub or a small multi-stemmed tree to 40 feet.
Looks like: seven sons flower