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Distylium racemosum

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D. racemosum is a spreading shrub or tree with narrow ovate, leathery, glossy dark green leaves, 3-7cm long. Small flowers lacking petals, but with showy red calyces and purple stamens, are produced in upright racemes, 2.5-5cm long, in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Red Green
Summer Purple Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Hamamelidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Distylium are trees and shrubs with evergreen, leathery, usually dark green leaves and groups of petal-less flowers in the leaf axils

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Japan

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in part shade, with shelter from strong cold winds

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe or propagate from semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1 but pruning is not usually necessary

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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