The Chinese call the blossoms of this shrub Tsiau-Tsung-hoa or Suspended Bells. Botanically speaking, the true flowers are enclosed in an assemblage of clustered bracts, for a flower-within-a-flower appearance. Borne in clusters, each petal of these ivory green blooms is lightly veined with pink and ends in a delicately scalloped deep pink tip. The glossy, jade-colored foliage provides brilliant fall color. Enkianthus campanulatus is an elegant specimen to star in the shrubby border.
Size: 10' 0" – 16' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
Enchanting creamy yellow blooms—pendulous, distinctively rimmed in deep red and coveted by flower arrangers—earn this outstanding Japanese shrub its cultivar name. More compact than the species, ‘Red Bell’s upright tiered habit generates refined, glistening deciduous leaves, which are clustered at the tip of each twig, transmuting brilliant yellow and fiery scarlet hues in autumn. An elegant specimen for a shrubby border or patio, it relishes adequately moist acidic soil and can be underplanted with Dicentra ‘Bacchanal’ and Asarum splendens.
Size: 8' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Showy Lantern’ (S-0848)
Enchanting large creamy-pink blooms—pendulous, distinctively streaked in deep red and coveted by bees as well as flower arrangers—earn this superior cultivar its namesake. Slightly more narrow than other Enkianthus, ‘Showy Lantern’s upright densely branched habit generates refined glistening deciduous leaves, which are clustered at the tip of each twig, beaming brilliant yellow and fiery-scarlet hues in autumn. An easy-to-grow elegant specimen for a shrubby border or patio, it relishes adequately moist acidic soil and can be planted with Dicentra ‘Aurora’, Sarcococca or Epimedium.
Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.