ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Red Velvet'
Plant Common Name
Red Velvet Enkianthus, Redvein Enkianthus
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Architecturally picturesque and colorful in two seasons, cultivar 'Red Velvet' displays bright green foliage on red stems and bell-shaped, drooping, fuchsia-red blossoms in very early summer. In fall this redvein enkianthus' leaves turn vivid shades of red before dropping away. The shrub's habit is upright but spreading.
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. Blossoms are a fusion of tan-ivory and fuchsia-red. 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 'Red Velvet' 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.
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
8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Fall, Winter