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A tree-like deciduous shrub from Japan, redvein enkianthus is extremely slow-growing but develops a picturesque habit with age. Its leaves are simple and elliptical in shape with bristles on the edges and red leaf stems.
The bluish green foliage contrasts beautifully with the reddish twigs they grow from. In late spring to early summer, small, pendent, bell-shaped blossoms dangle from the branch ends. These oddly fragrant blooms are creamy white or pale yellow and marked with pink or fuchsia veins. The brown, fall fruits that follow aren't ornamental, but the autumn foliage is brilliant yellowish orange or red: one of the defining ornamental features of redvein enkianthus. Once the leaves fall, the architecturally interesting, smooth, gray-brown branches and red twigs offer winter interest.
Plant redvein enkianthus in full or partial shade and acid to neutral soil that is rich in organic matter and well-drained. Even with the best care, it grows slowly. 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 selection 'Red Bells' has exceptionally colorful red-tipped, red-veined flowers and 'Albiflorus' has creamy white blossoms and orange fall foliage.
8 - 4
5 - 8
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m
8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Fall, Winter
White, Red, Fuchsia, Ivory
Green, Light Green, Blue Green
Green, Blue Green
Yellow, Red, Orange
Red, Sandy Brown, Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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