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DISANTHUS cercidifolius

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Russell Stafford

Family

Hamamelidaceae

Botanical Name

DISANTHUS cercidifolius

Plant Common Name

Heart-leaved Disanthus

Special Notice

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General Description

Plump, heart-shaped leaves that turn a rich red with burgundy and orange tones, heart-leaved disanthus also brings floral uniqueness to the autumn landscape. A rounded to broadly spreading deciduous shrub native to Japan and China's montane woodlands, it is multi-stemmed with smooth, brown bark. The leaves are green to blue-green in color, round or oval, with a base that looks like a heart. In mid-fall it blooms, with tiny pairs of spidery, rosy-purple flowers that have a faint, musky fragrance. The real ornamental show is the fall leaf color, which begins being purple, and then becomes more dark red, then bright red and finally a brilliant orange-red. Individual leaves can be a mosiac of all those colors plus yellow.

Plant heart-leaved disanthus in a moist, fertile, acidic soil in a location that is protected from winds. It will grow in full sun to partial shade, but too much shade will diminish the spectacular hues of its fall display. In regions with hot summers, partial shade proves best. An unusual plant to add to the mixed border, it may also be a great companion plant for rhododendrons or as a foundation specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Fuchsia

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy, Crimson, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No