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D. cercidifolia (sic), Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1917
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Disanthus
Species: Disanthus cercidifolius

Disanthus is a monospecific genus containing a single species of flowering plant, Disanthus cercidifolius in the family Hamamelidaceae.

The plant is native to woodland habitats in China and Japan.[1]


The species name was originally spelled D. cercidifolia.[2] The International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants stipulates that the Latin grammatical gender is masculine, and so the spelling is D. cercidifolius.[3]


Disanthus cercidifolius is a medium-sized deciduous shrub growing to 3 m (10 ft) tall and wide. It is noted for its heart-shaped leaves which turn to shades of red, purple and yellow in autumn.[4][5]



Disanthus cercidifolius is cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is a calcifuge, requiring a lime-free soil.

The plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]


  1. ^ Zhi-Yun Zhang, Hongda Zhang, and Peter K. Endress, "Disanthus Maximowicz, Bull. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg. 10: 485. 1866", Flora of China 
  2. ^ Maximowicz, C. J. (1866), "Diagnoses breves plantarum novarum Japoniae et Mandshuriae/Courtes diagnoses des nouvelles plantes provenant du Japon et de la Mandchourie", Bulletin de l'Académie impériale des sciences de St.-Pétersbourg, series 3, volume 10: 485–490 
  3. ^ McNeill, J.; Barrie, F.R.; Buck, W.R.; Demoulin, V.; Greuter, W.; Hawksworth, D.L.; Herendeen, P.S.; Knapp, S.; Marhold, K.; Prado, J.; Prud'homme Van Reine, W.F.; Smith, G.F.; Wiersema, J.H.; Turland, N.J. (2012), International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code) adopted by the Eighteenth International Botanical Congress Melbourne, Australia, July 2011, Regnum Vegetabile 154, A.R.G. Gantner Verlag KG, ISBN 978-3-87429-425-6  Article 62.2(c)
  4. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  5. ^ "Missouri Botanical Garden - Disanthus cercidifolius". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Disanthus cercidifolius". Retrieved 18 June 2013.