The development of this cultivar goes back to 1893 and is one of our earliest accessions. It differs from other paniculata cultivars in various ways. It has strong sturdy branches and can reach to 5m tall. We have shaped our plant to be more like a tree than a shrub. Flowering time is earlier, usually June. The flattened 15cm panicles are smaller with a mixture of tiny fertile flowers and the showier sterile sepals. These sepals are unusually prominently serrated. Praecox means early.
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