Enkianthus--Why don't more people grow it?
Enkianthus is such an outstanding shrub in acid-soil regions that it is amazing to me that you don't often see it. I have two. One is about 25 years old and the red color right now is spectacular.
It's covered in small flowers like lily of the valley in spring. By now it's about 10' tall but narrow. Good healthy foliage and absolutely zero care. I promise I have never touched this shrub to prune, fertilize or do anything else. What a blessed relief.
It is in mostly shade, moisture-retentive soil. The other one is on a shady dry hillside in tree roots and the fall color is yellow.
I rave about enkianthus to my gardening friends but no one has yet rushed to the nursery to get one. What a shame. I bet it would make an attractive hedge in the right growing conditions--not full sun, dry soil.
Mine are Enkianthus campanulatus but there are other species out there I have not grown.