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Emmenopterys henryi

Henry's emmenopterys

E. henryi forms a spreading tree with oval leaves up to 20cm long, dark green above, paler below and bronze-purple when young. Clusters of funnel-shaped white flowers, 2.5cm across, some with a large, white bract, can appear on mature trees but only in a long, hot summer

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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Bronze Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rubiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Emmenopterys are deciduous trees with a spreading habit and leathery leaves. Funnel- or bell-shaped flowers develop in clusters on the ends of the branches

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C & W China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Needs a fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun and protection from cold, drying winds. Tolerant of both slightly acid and chalk soils

Propagation

Take softwood cuttings in early or midsummer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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