Enkianthus campalunatus • Pagoda Bush

Enkianthus • Pagoda Bush • ドウダンツツジ • 満天星 / 灯台躑躅 • dōdan-tsutsuji

We have quite a few in our Garden, most marked as ‘campalunatus’, one marked just as ‘enkianthus’ and one as ‘perulatus’ (this one’s common name is noted not as ‘pagoda bush’, but as ‘enkianthus’ – I hope you are as confused as I am:).  The one on the photo below is from Area L, right behind the bench across from wisteria trellis.


SJG • 5/24/12 – Enkianthus campalunatus • Pagoda Bush, Area L – it’s the one behind rounded azalea – you can see some faint pinkish flowers – i have a better and closer pic, but this one may help you with locating it (to the left of it is pieris japonica, a little bit lower than enkianthus)


SJG • 5/24/12 – Enkianthus campalunatus • Pagoda Bush, Area L – flowers

WSU Whatcom County Extension: […] It’s the shape of the flowers that gave this genus its name. Enkianthus combines two Greek words meaning swollen–the connotation is the kind of belly characteristic of pregnancy–and flower, respectively. The common name–redvein–describes the creamy white flowers that are marked with red lines. The fact that they look like little bells names the species, as campanulatus is Latin for “bell-shaped.” There are only a dozen other species of Enkianthus, and they are all native to the hillsides of north Asia. […]

Found out that ‘enkianthus perulatus:  it is a WHITE enkianthus – the one above is often called ‘red vein’; I have to yet locate the white one in our Garden, but this is what FineGardening has to say about it: Botanical Name: Enkianthus perulatus • Common Name: White enkianthus • Genus: Enkianthus. This is perhaps the most refined Enkianthus, bearing dainty, white pendulous bells in May. It forms an elegant, rounded shrub to 6 feet with gracefully tiered branches and produces brilliant scarlet color in autumn. […]

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