“Red-tip” has two claims to fame that it does really well – rapid growth and brilliant red new leaves. Valuable for blocking a view, unpruned plants will even flower and develop into sizeable specimens. Regularly trimmed, they provide multiple growth spurts of colorful leaves and are commonly used as a hedge. You could also turn them into a unique small evergreen tree, letting them reach their full height and trimming away the bottom branches.
by Miri Talabac, Woody Plant Buyer