Enkianthus campanulatus

Enkianthus campanulatus

Description: Disctinctive pedant flowers in clusters of creamy yellow bells which are tinged at the tips with deep pink making a very pretty show.  The flowers are produced from late spring to early summer. An upright deciduous shrub which fresh green ovate leaves turn rich shades of fiery orange in autumn giving another season of colour.

Uses: Good in open woodland situation with dappled shade or a shady border.

Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade.

Height/Spread: 4-5 metres height and spread.

Soil Requirements: Fertile moist but well drained soil neutral to acid pH 

Pruning: No pruning required.

Special Requirements: The soil ph is important to note for successful growing of Enkianthus.

Additional Interest: Originally found in China in1908 by Ernest "China" Wilson, the plant explorer from Gloucestershire who is also noted for discovering paperbark maples, giant dogwood and Magnolia wilsonii.  Wilson described it as being one of the most beautiful shrubs in the mountains of western China.