Xanthorhiza simplicissima; a deciduous shrub with pinnate foliage that slowly colours into early winter. Surprisingly, a member of the Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. Native to Eastern North America where it prefers damp woodland with soil that allows the suckering rootstock to increase.
This has a suckering habit and will rapidly move through the soil forming a woody shrubbery growing to 1.3m in height. At this time of year the foliage darkens through red to deep purple, almost black. Text and photos by Tony Garn.