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Native alternative(s) for Disanthus cercidifolius:
Hydrangea quercifolia Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Ampelopsis arborea Form
Viburnum cassinoides Viburnum cassinoides
Clematis texensis Clematis texensis

Disanthus cercidifolius

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
dis-AN-thus ser-uh-sid-ih-FOH-lee-us
Description

Disanthus is related to witch hazel and has small starfish-shaped flowers in fall after the leaves have dropped. It is one of the best shrubs for fall color even in full shade. It slowly grows to 8-10 feet tall and wide and prefers moist, rich soil. Give it protection from strong winds, hot afternoon sun, drought and deer. Its blue-green leaves are heart-shaped like a redbud and in fall the foliage puts on a show, turning red, yellow and orange.

Some susceptibility to fungal diseases in hot, humid climates.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#partial shade#fall flowers#early fall#shrub#shade tolerant#crimson#moist soil#spreading#autumn#slender branches
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#partial shade#fall flowers#early fall#shrub#shade tolerant#crimson#moist soil#spreading#autumn#slender branches
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Disanthus
    Species:
    ceridifolius
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan (S. Central & S. Honshu, Shikoku)
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a 2-lobed capsule and contains several glossy black seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1/2 inch purple starfish-shaped flowers in fall after the leaves have fallen.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-4.5 inch dark bluish-green leaves which begins to color in early fall with tints of burgundy that are followed by crimson with orange and gold undertones.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Specimen