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ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Jan Iseli Pink'

Image of Enkianthus campanulatus 'Jan Iseli Pink'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Jan Iseli Pink'

Plant Common Name

Jan Iseli Pink Enkianthus, Redvein Enkianthus

Special Notice

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General Description

The slow-growing and small-maturing cultivar 'Jan Iseli Pink' displays bright green foliage on red stems and offers a profusion of bell-shaped, drooping pink and ivory-tan blossoms in very early summer. In fall this redvein enkianthus' leaves turn show-shopping orange before dropping away. The shrub's habit is upright and spreading. This cultivar was released in 1990, the result of breeding efforts by the Iseli Nursery in Oregon. Jan Iseli is the nursery founder's wife.

A tree-like deciduous shrub from Japan, redvein enkianthus has simple and elliptical leaves with bristles on the edges and red leaf stems. In late spring to early summer, small, pendent, bell-shaped blossoms dangle from the branch ends. These oddly fragrant blooms are pink with darker veins. The brown, fall fruits that follow aren't ornamental, but the autumn foliage is bright orange. Once the leaves fall, the architecturally interesting, smooth, gray-brown branches and red twigs offer winter interest.

Plant 'Jan Iseli Pink' in bright full or partial shade and acid to neutral soil that is rich in organic matter and well drained. Even with the best care, it is a very slow grower. Culturally happy specimens will become larger in areas with milder winters. This shrub is a great focal plant for open woodland gardens with and understory of pretty perennials for shade. Some of its cultural equals include rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurels. The compact size of this cultivar makes it exceptional in containers or in foundation planting beds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • 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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No