Forms an upright, multi-branched shrub. Erect, long, tapered, deep claret-purple buds open to red-violet flowers with white-tinged violet interiors. Flowers with great abundance in late-spring, from an early age. Flowers are slightly fragrant. Deciduous tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 2.5m (H) x 2.5m (W) in 10 years.