I had forgotten to mention there's a little bit of nostalgia where VS will be located:
If anyone is familiar with a TV program in the 80's called "Fantasy Island", Baldwin Lagoon and the Victorian style cottage (supposedly on the island) were used as part of the opening credits.
So, for those of you who may remember Herve Villechaize running up the stairs to the bell tower, ringing the bell, and yelling "Boss... Da Plane! Da Plane!" - this is the very cottage.
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Thanks everyone! Until the donated plant grows up and fill out, here's what a mature plant looks like at my sister's house... Greeting all who come through the front entrance. Hers has matured into a very nice 7 foot tall standard, even in the ground. I'm actually surprised of the vivid color on this tree, considering the lack of any fertilizer since October.
The flowers show their highly reflective glow with the blush of a golden highlight, making VS a stunner. It does extremely well in my sister's sandy loam soil too, not having much demand for fertilizer. Admittedly, she only has fertilized it twice in a year. lol