Why it's a standout: The blazing fall foliage on this native is just one of its many virtues. Topping off at just 5 feet, this adaptable shrub tolerates boggy soil, clay, and dense shade. In summer, it puts on a brilliant show of fragrant white flowers; in winter, its bare red stems continue to attract attention.
What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; prefers moist soil
Zones: 5 to 9