AUTUMN BEAUTY

by Sandie Hall

Enkianthus perulatus is a hardy, slow-growing, multi-season deciduous shrub that adds beauty and charm to any landscape. Its finely textured leaves and branches carry foliage all the way to the ground. Happy growing in zones 5 through 8, this delightful shrub produces profuse nodding clusters of small, urn-shaped, white flowers in early May. The lustrous dark green foliage provides a wonderful backdrop for summer-blooming annuals or perennials. But perhaps most stunning of all is the spectacular purple-to-scarlet fall color. It can stand alone as a specimen plant or be massed in groupings for a knockout effect.

Enkianthus perulatus likes acidic, well-drained soil. Situate the shrub in full sun to partial shade. At maturity, it will reach 3-7′ in height with a similar spread. It can tolerate dry conditions well – a real plus after the summer we just experienced! It is a perfect choice for the sophisticated landscape palette!

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