Deciduous tree native to China, Japan, the Himalayas and India that can reach about 8 m in height. Very branched, it forms a wide and flat crown. The smooth, medium brown (brown) bark is shed annually. Oval, opposite, dark green leaves. The leaves appear coppery in spring and in autumn they take on shades of yellow and orange. The inflorescence is a terminal panicle about 9 cm long. Bell-shaped flowers with 6 white, pink or mauve petals with curly edges. There are purple or red varieties. The fruit is a blackish capsule of little more than 1 cm. The most common style is the informal upright (Moyogi) although it fits many others.