Enkianthus campanulatus 'Red Bells'

Redvein Enkianthus

Deciduous Shrub

Outstanding Qualities
Enkianthus campanulatus is an understated but elegant deciduous shrub that provides year round interest. It is related to rhododendrons so thrives in our rainy climate and acidic soils. 'Red Bells' is notable because its yellowish flowers are deeper red toward their tips and it is more compact growing than the wild type. It blooms in late spring. Its dainty, deep green leaves turn rich scarlet in autumn. Its habit is attractive in winter. Although Enkianthus campanulatus thrives in part shade, its fall color is strongest in full sun. It is an excellent choice for the woodland garden. Plant it with bleeding heart, sweet box (Sarcococca) and Solomon's seal for a satisfying grouping.

Culture Notes
This slow growing shrub prefers a location in full sun to dappled shade, avoiding hot afternoon spots. The fall color is most intense with more sun, but plants in shade will still turn a beautiful clear golden yellow with orange tones. Provide a site with rich well-drained soil and regular watering during the dry summer weather. Enkianthus naturally grows with lovely layered branching and minimal pruning is needed to maintain a beautiful plant. It is easy to ruin the graceful habit with hard pruning. Consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun

Water Needs: Average


Size: 60 - 96 tall x 36 - 72 wide
Shape / Form: Irregular, Upright
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Fall Color, Flowers, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Green
Fall Color: Red Orange

Flower Color: Apricot / Peach, Ivory / Cream
Bloom Season: Apr, Spring
Flower Shape: Bell

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden
Wildlife: Bees, Hummingbirds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Late Spring / Early Summer
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Plant Combos