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Disanthus cercidifolius

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A native of China and Japan, this very rare shrub is also one of the most beautiful, with fantastic autumn colour. Disanthus cercidifolius has bright green leaves in spring/summer which turn glorious coppery-gold, orange and red, sometimes in rings, in autumn before falling.

The leaves are heart-shaped like a Cercis, hence the name. A truly lovely plant ideal for brightening an autumn garden.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Disanthus cercidifolius | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Disanthus cercidifolius | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Disanthus cercidifolius | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Partial or reasonably heavy shade.
Soil: Moist yet well drained, acidic, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Disanthus cercidifolius is perfectly hardy while dormant in mid winter. It is however vulnerable to late spring frosts once the leaves have emerged in spring. If a frost occurs after the leaves have emerged, it will require protection (for example: covering the plant with a fleece cover, etc). If left unprotected in a severe late spring frost, Disanthus cercidifolius will probably die.
Flowering Period: October.
Flower Colour: Purplish-red
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Large branching shrub.
Height: 3 m (10 ft).
Spread: 3 m (10 ft).

Important Please Read: The severe consequences of leaving this expensive plant unprotected in a late spring frost means that Disanthus cercidifolius is usually best grown by keen gardeners who are prepared to protect it in the spring or by people in warm, reliably mild parts of the U.K. where late frosts are a very rare event.

Please also note that although we usually guarantee plants for a year after purchase, we will NOT replace a Disanthus which is damaged or killed in a late spring frost.

Plant Finder: about Disanthus cercidifolius


Disanthus cercidifolius. A slow-growing, spreading shrub that eventually reaches a height 2.5m or more. Has stiff, wiry branches, usually with a number of stems diverging from the base. The dark purple flowers are faintly fragranced.

Interest and use

This species has good autumn colour. Autumn interest.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Disanthus cercidifolius | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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