2-3 Litre Pot
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Well drained
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Flowering Period: May-June
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual Height: 2-3m
- Eventual Spread: 1-2m
Enkianthus Campanulatus var. Palibinii, also known as the ‘Dwarf Redvein Enkianthus’, is a deciduous shrub that is native to Japan and China. This plant is prized for its delicate, bell-shaped flowers that bloom in late Spring or early Summer, in shades of pink or red that are cream at their base.
This variety is a slow-growing plant that typically reaches 2-4 metres tall and wide at maturity. The leaves are mid green and turn a beautiful orange-red in the Autumn. The small flowers are arranged in clusters along the branches, and are followed by small, red berries in the Autumn.
This variety of Enkianthus is a great choice for small gardens, rock gardens, or as a specimen plant. It is hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -15°C. It is also adaptable to a wide range of soils and prefers well-drained, acidic soils. It prefers full sun or partial shade and is relatively drought-tolerant, but it is important to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the first few years after planting.
Historically, Enkianthus Campanulatus var. Palibinii was first discovered in China and Japan, and was first introduced to Western gardens in the early 20th century. In Japan, the plant is known for its beautiful Autumnal foliage. The ‘Dwarf Redvein Enkianthus’ is a relatively rare cultivar, but it is becoming increasingly popular as gardeners discover its unique beauty and hardiness.
How to care for your Enkianthus Campanulatus Var. Palibinii
- Light: This plant prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some shade.
- Soil: Well-draining, acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 6.0 is ideal.
- Water: Water regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Do not over-water as this can lead to root rot.
- Fertiliser: Fertilise once a month during the growing season with an acid-based fertilizer.
- Pruning: Prune after flowering to maintain shape and encourage new growth.
- Winter: This plant is hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -15˚C, but protect it from severe cold and wind.