ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Showy Lantern'
Plant Common Name
Redvein Enkianthus, Showy Lantern Enkianthus
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A robust and wide habit are worthwhile features of the redvein enkianthus cultivar 'Showy Lantern'. It displays deep green foliage on red stems and produces bell-shaped, drooping, rose-red blossoms in very early summer. In fall the leaves turn a spectacular red-orange before dropping away. The shrub's habit is upright but with dense, spreading branches. 'Showy Lantern' was selected and named by Ed Mezitt of Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts in the 1980s.
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 deep rosy red to magenta-rose. 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 'Showy Lantern' 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
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Fall, Winter