Enkianthus perulatus • White Enkianthus

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

There are 3 white enkianthus bushes in our garden:  one inside the tea house garden (NW corner of Tea House), one in Y close to stream, and one, perhaps the most visible because it grows near the junction of 3 paths close to the SW corner of the roji (hedged tea house garden), on the north end of ZZE area.   Enkianthus varieties are often grown for their springtime  tiny,  bell shaped flowers and  year-round appeal, but enkianthus  perulatus is known for its distinctive fall coloration, when its leaves turn spectacular brilliant red.


SJG • 10/19/16 – Enkianthus perulatus on the north end of  ZZE area


SJG • 10/19/16 – Enkianthus perulatus fall LEAVES

From Learn2grow: […]
Family – Ericaceae
Botanical Name – ENKIANTHUS perulatus
Plant Common Name – White Enkianthus

[…] Picturesque in habit and offering showy pinkish white springtime flowers and brilliant red fall foliage, white enkianthus is one of the most prized woody shrubs for a garden. Native to the upland beech forests of northern Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, this slow-growing deciduous shrub is rare in commerce but choice enough to make it worth seeking out. If well-placed, mature specimens develop into beautifully rounded, medium-sized shrubs with tiered branches. This species was introduced into North America around 1860.

From great plant picks: […] Outstanding Qualities
Enkianthus perulatus is grown for its wide, dome shape rather than the columnar form of Enkianthus campanulatus. The fall color is a screaming scarlet red which makes for a real standout in the garden. This compact deciduous shrub has red-tinted young branches with mid green, elliptic to obovate toothed leaves. Pendant umbels of up to 10 urn-shaped white flowers appear in early spring. […]

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