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ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Showy Lantern'

Image of Enkianthus campanulatus 'Showy Lantern'

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Showy Lantern'

Plant Common Name

Redvein Enkianthus, Showy Lantern Enkianthus

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • 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

    Red, Magenta, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Red, 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

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No