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The clusters of green-pink bells may escape attention as they dance underneath fresh green leaves - but you won’t miss the fiery autumn orange blaze
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained acid to neutral soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Renowned for its autumn colour, this spreading, deciduous shrub actually has two seasons of interest. In early summer it produces clusters of delicate, bell-shaped, cream to pink flowers with darker pink margins. In autumn, the oval, mid green leaves turn flaming shades of orange and red. This pretty shrub is perfect for a shady, woodland edge and gives its most brilliant autumn display on acid soil.
- Garden care: Apply a thick 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of peat or well-rotted leafmould around the base of the plant in spring. Little pruning is needed. Simply remove dead and diseased wood and branches that are crossing after the plant has flowered.
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Q:Would an Enkianthus be hardy enough?
Good morning! I am minded to buy an Enkianthus to fill a newly created gap on our river bank. I had always thought they should be in a sheltered position, but your website does not mention this. The gap I have in mind is east-facing and fairly exposed on the north. Would it be worth a try, do you think? Advice welcomed. Thank you. Regards, JenniferAsked on 9/3/2010 by John Lippiett
A:Hello Jennifer, These plants are native to open woodland from the Himalayas to Japan, so they are pretty tough. Therefore I would have thought it should be fine in the situation you describe and I would be tempted to give it a try. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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