Reading a seed or plant catalog description is often likened to buying a used car: buyer beware, and often what they don’t tell you is more important than what they do tell you.
Imagine this glorious description in a plant catalog:
Easy-to-grow thornless plant, with shiny, deciduous leaves, characterized by three almond-shaped leaflets. Leaf color ranges from light to dark green. Small yellow flowers May through July. Great fall color, with bright red leaves, turning to orange and yellow, and fruits produced August to November. Fruits are a favorite winter food of many birds and animals.
Can be grown in all US states east of the Rocky Mountains, and much of Canada. Good plant for edging wooded areas. Plant prefers sunshine but will tolerate some shade. Will grow easily in most types of soil, and suitable for soil pH ranging from 6.0 (acidic) to 7.9 (moderately alkaline). Not sensitive to soil moisture variances.
Can be grown as a groundcover, climbing vine or shrub. Great for naturalizing.