Enkianthus campanulatus

3 litre pot £26.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Enkianthus campanulatus enkianthus: 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 ericaceous compost 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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Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

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"

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Slow start


The plant has grown very slowly this year, despite lots of watering. Hopefully it will improve next year.




Pretty shrub /tree


As usual a well packed healthy plant i planted this in my border and it has established its self and grown to 3 times the size and is full of buds




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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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