Widely tolerant of several conditions, Distylium might be the perfect shrub with virtually no maintinence.
Water Requirements: Regular watering. Tolerates both drought and mild flood.
Soil: Well-draining soil.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Bloom Time: Winter
Temperature: Cold hardy.
Pruning: Can tolerate heavy pruning any time, but it is best done in late winter to early spring.
Features: Purple new growth that turns bluish-green as it matures.