ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Jan Iseli Red'
Plant Common Name
Jan Iseli Red Enkianthus, Redvein Enkianthus
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The slow-growing and colorful flowering cultivar 'Jan Iseli Red' displays bright green foliage on red stems and offers a profusion of bell-shaped, drooping deep coral-red blossoms in very early summer. In fall this redvein enkianthus' leaves turn vivid shades of orange and red before dropping away. The shrub's habit is upright but 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. They also are faintly and curiously scented. The brown, fall fruits that follow aren't ornamental, but the autumn foliage is beautiful. Once the leaves fall, the architecturally interesting, smooth, gray-brown branches and red twigs offer winter interest.
Plant 'Jan Iseli Red' in partial sun to partial shade and acid to neutral soil that is rich in organic matter and perfectly 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.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 4
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 8
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Fall, Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Sharp or Has Thorns