Enkianthus campanulatus

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Enkianthus campanulatus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Enkianthoideae
Genus: Enkianthus
Species: E. campanulatus
Binomial name
Enkianthus campanulatus

The hardiest of Enkianthus species is E. campanulatus (furin-tsutsuji or redvein enkianthus), a medium-sized, narrow, upright, deciduous shrub. Its bright green glossy foliage gives brilliant coppery to red fall colors. In spring it offers a profusion of bell-shaped (campanula, "little bell"), creamy white flowers with red veins, similar to those of the distantly related Pieris.[1]

The plant was brought to England by Charles Maries, who was plant-hunting in Japan at the time for Veitch Nurseries. The shrub can exceed expectations of height under the right circumstances, as at William Robinson's Gravetye Manor, where a pair planted about the turn of the 20th century reached 15 ft (5 m).[2]

Characteristics[edit]

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Spacing: 4' to 5' apart
Average height x width: 10' tall x 5' wide
Fertilizing: Fertilize in spring just before new growth begins
Cold hardiness: -20°F
Water use: Keep soil evenly moist. Prefers acid, well-drained soil.

Widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in parks and gardens, this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Enkianthus campanulatus". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Alice M. Coats, Garden Shrubs and Their Histories (1964) 1992, s.v. "Enkianthus".
  3. ^ "Enkianthus campanulatus". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 25 July 2013.