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SERISSA japonica 'Variegata Rosea'

Image of Serissa japonica 'Variegata Rosea'

James H. Schutte

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

SERISSA japonica 'Variegata Rosea'

Plant Common Name

Snowrose

General Description

Prized for its small size, wiry branches lined with variegated leaves, and showy bloom from spring to late summer, ‘Variegata Rosea’ is a selection of an evergreen shrub native to moist, open woodlands in Southeast Asia. At maturity it attains a bushy, domed shape. The leaves are tiny, leathery and dark-green with creamy edges, and if crushed smell like dirty socks. Pink flower buds appear in the warmth of late spring to fall, and open up as four to six-petalled pink blossoms with jagged edges.

Plant variegated snowrose in any moist, well-drained soil and full to partial sun. This shrub tolerates dry shade under canopy trees, but there will be scraggly in habit. In colder areas it becomes semi to fully deciduous. It makes a lovely shrub for the mixed border and is often employed in warm regions as a tightly pruned edging or formal hedge.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-40" / 45.7cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No