Return to the Shrubs Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Never Heard of it Until Today

Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 4, 14 at 21:42

What a beauty for fall color!

Here is a link that might be useful: Disanthus cercidifolius


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

I've grown this plant for a number of years. In my experience it needs a good deal of sun to color well in the autumn. The other drawback, again in my own experience, is that it colors late in the season so that the leaves are often zapped by a hard frost, ending the display just as it's barely begun. This may have to do with cool summer temperatures and may well not be a problem in other climates. It is a very easy to grow, hardy and pest free plant . The emerging leaves in the spring are attractive for several weeks. The flowers are interesting if small and insignificant.


 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

Certainly known of the plant for many years, but have never been convinced to torture, er, plant it here in the heat and humidity of the Ohio River valley region. I think it is a plant best grown in cooler summers, more even moisture, and probably acid sandy soils.

Here it is, loving life at the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha's Vineyard in 2009.


 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

Know it and grow it - what the flowers and buds look like in late October...


 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

It will only break your heart. Killed several


 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 12, 14 at 13:23

Well Kevin, if you kill them they won't develop any appreciable fall color! :P


 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

You can really see the effect of shade here on Disanthus. It used to be in more sun, but the Blue China Firs surrounding it grew a lot and before I knew it, the Disanthus was too large to move. Besides, it was tangled root wise with the China Firs. This plant is 12 ft. across and almost completely hidden. What a shame!
The two others I have suffered the same fate. I was swamped with commitments at the time I should have removed them. Stuff happens.
Mike
Disanthus cercidifolium, Fall color photo 2997300790036511179.jpg


 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

I love it....but it will not grow in my alkaline soil at all. Now that verticillium has more or less ended my redbud and cotinus adventures, I find I am missing those beautiful heart-shaped leaves (my poor old Forest Pansy finally gave up thre ghost last year).


 o
RE: Never Heard of it Until Today

The leaves do look like Redbud.
Here's the same Disanthus with a little more Fall color. Looking west. Notice the branches reaching for light to the north. Way too much shade.
Mike
Disanthus cercidifolius in mostly shade photo IMG_2460.jpg


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Shrubs Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here