Full sun-part shade; low to average water. Deciduous shrub or small tree grows to 15ft tall and wide. The thin, shiny brown branches bear shiny heart-shaped leaves which are light green early in the season and darken as they age. Leaves on plants at higher elevation may turn gold or red as the weather cools. The showy flowers are bright pink or magenta, and grow in clusters all over the shrub, making the plant very colorful and noticeable in the landscape. The shrub bears 3in. long brown legume pods which are very thin and dry.