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ADINA rubella

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James Burghardt

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

ADINA rubella

Plant Common Name

Chinese Buttonbush

General Description

Pretty, glossy, dark-green leaves and scores of small, planet-like flowers in summer highlight the beauty of Chinese buttonbush. A deciduous shrub with a rather open, spreading and arching habit, it is a native of China. The reddish brown twigs bear matching pairs of perfectly-shaped elliptical leaves that are shiny green. By summertime, small flower clusters in the shape of balls appear that on close inspection display tiny white flowers with burgundy tips and a long white floral tube. They are slightly fragrant and pollinated by bees and occasional butterflies. Across the rest of summer, the flowers wane to become decorative seed balls, remaining attractive through the fall while the leaves remain green until dropping, often quite late.

Chinese buttonbush is a terrific plant for a variety of acidic and neutral soils, from full sun to a good amount of shade. Although best in a well-drained soil, it has proven tolerance for heavier clay soils and those that occasionally flood. Moreover, it performs well in dry shade. Use it as an interesting conversation-piece in the mixed border, below taller shade trees, or on the partially shaded sides of buildings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Burgundy

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No