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Anyone grow Enkianthus?

Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 12:51

I think it's an underused shrub, small tree.
Here's one of mine.
Mike


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RE: Anyone grow Enkianthus?

Mike, where was this post an hour ago?? :) I just got back from my favorite nursery's fall sale. They have two varieties of Enkianthus, and I dithered over them for some time, but since I knew next to nothing about them, I passed. I got on GW to learn more, and there you are with your beautiful photo! You have me sold on it.

I will do more of my own research, but what more can you tell me about yours? Slow/fast grower? I know we are in totally different climes, but what light conditions is yours in?

Finally, the varieties at my nursery were labelled simply "red vein" or " pink selections." Do you know if these are distinct, and if so, how?


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 15:14

E. campanulatus often present at independent outlets, have seen a few big ones growing here and there on local properties. The Plant Locator - Western Region (2004, Black-Eyed Susans/Timber, Portland) listed 15 sources for the typical plant - along with listings of multiple named cultivars.


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Whoa! That is gorgeous!

I have one that has not done a whole lot over the last few years. I have acid soil and it is in a part-sun situation with some shade at the base from a fence. Is this one of those shrubs that all of a sudden will shoot up and out? I think where I've placed the shrub it should be fairly happy and perform well, but so far it hasn't done a whole lot. I'd never give up on it though. I agree they are underused, and I hardly ever see them for sale at local nurseries. Such a shame.


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  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 21:15

Another beautiful plant I can't grow!lol

If I had one wish on my lot it would be more acidic.

Song Sparrow stocks ENKIANTHUS CAMPANULATUS 'SHOWY LANTERN'


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Enkianthus perulatus is doing well and colors just as shown, while E. 'Sinsetu' blooms nicely but does not color up in the Fall. They could behave differently in other places, I suppose.
While I am near the Atlantic, my climate is still not as agreeable to many plants as the PNW.


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Welp, I went back and picked up the enkianthus campanulatus I had my eye on. Beautiful, tempting photo + fall clearance sale...what's a girl to do?

I am so sorry if the photo shows up upside down for you...I still haven't figured out which way to hold my iPad in order to take a pic that will post upright.


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I've tried repeatedly to grow E. campanulatus and perrulatus. And they're not cheap. And they don't do well. And I have perfect conditions for them. ??????


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I planted one early last spring. I hope it turns out to be as marvelous as yours, Mike!


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I have both but they seem to just sit there. They bloom and color up well in fall, depending on weather conditions of the past season. How old is yours Mike?


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 26, 13 at 22:34

Heath family shrubs like this can have a chronic root rot problem reducing root activity and therefore top growth.


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  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 27, 13 at 7:19

The one pictured above is about 20 years old.
The one pictured below is about 15 years old and is just beginning to color up. I guess I could prune it a bit to get a layered look, but I'm afraid of wet snow and ice damage.
That's a small Vine Maple at the bottom that didn't have good Fall color this year.


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I have the same problem as whaas - my soil is neutral, and I kill (repeatedly - I just never learn) Enkianthus, Pieris, Leucathoe...I tried an Enkianthus (E. campanulatus 'Jean Iseli Red') in a pot but even that didn't work. I suspect these plants also don't like my dry summers.

The photos are lovely, Mike.

Sara


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bboy, interesting. If I move my perrulatus where my pierus and roseum rhodo thrive - foundation on north/northeast side of my home - maybe that'll get it going. Next spring. They are underplanted with water hog pachysandra, not a good groundcover during dry times I know. There has to be a spot somewhere around this property, ha ha.


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Here's mine. Planted about 3 years ago and displaying nice autumn foliage


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I love mine>>want to try the white one because I hear it is the best? Hard to find, I think Fairweather Gardens may have it but it is expensive. I have acid soil and never had a problem with the Enkianthus campanulatus.


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