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Enkianthus campanulatus

12lt pot (0.8-1m) £79.99
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Buy Enkianthus campanulatus enkianthus: An outstanding plant with pretty flowers and stunning autumn tints

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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 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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Notes on Enkianthus campanulatus

"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"

Beautiful small tree


We have an established specimen in our garden that is grown as a small to medium size tree. Ours is at highest 5m. The spreading branches with the foliage in 'tiers', along with the groups of small leaves combined with the stunning red colour in Autumn mean that many people mistake this for an Acer. However, its very tough - not seen any damage due to wind or frost/snow despite the past very cold winters. To top it all the little bell-like flowers look almost 'hand-painted'. Great all-rounder - would recommend finding a space for this in your garden.




Enkianthus campanulatus

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Is this plant resistant to honey fungus?


The RHS have done quite a bit of research about this, and their feedback is that while honey fungus has been recorded in UK gardens on these plants, they don't have sufficient data to determine how susceptible they are. Therefore, if you know you have honey fungus in your garden, then it may be best to avoid planting this.


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, Jennifer

John Lippiett

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 Doctor

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