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Neillia incisa

Previously known as:

  • Stephandra incisa
Phonetic Spelling
NEEL-lee-uh in-SIGH-suh
Description

Neillia incisa, or Lace Shrub, is a perennial, deciduous shrub, with a dense and wide-spreading crown maturing to a 6 foot by 9 foot plant. It is native to Asia and, in its native habitat, often found in thickets in low mountains all over Japan or on mountain slopes, or by streams at elevations of 1600 to 3200 feet in southern China. Stephandra incisa is a synonym for Neillia incisa and is often found under that earlier name. The plant flowers in June and the seeds ripen from August to September. The foliage also provides attractive fall colors. It can be propagated from the seeds, but will also send out suckers from the base of the plant and the arching stems will form roots if they contact the soil.

Lace Shrub tolerates a variety of soils (sandy, loam, and clay), but prefers organically rich, well-drained, moist soil. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade, but full sun will encourage blooms. The plant should be sited where it will be protected from harsh winds. It is also easy to transplant to a pot.

The cultivar, Crispa, is probably the most common of the species in commerce. It is noted for its tough constitution and utility. It differs from the species with its dissected, crinkly foliage and low-spreading groundcover habit. The thin, dense stems spread over the ground in a tangle to only 3 feet tall and much wider. The plant becomes slightly mounded in the middle, but prostrate at the extremities. It may be used as a groundcover, foundation shrub or as draped shrub over a wall or raised bed.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or other problems.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Crispa
Crispa
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#shrub#fall interest#flowering shrub
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Crispa
Crispa
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#shrub#fall interest#flowering shrub
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Neillia
    Species:
    incisa
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to Temp. Eastern Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 9 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Broad
    Dense
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Small yellowish-white flowers on loose 1 to 2.5 inch terminal panicles.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    To ranked bright green leaves to 2 inches. ew growth is reddish-bronze. Red-purple or red-orange fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Description:
    stems are terete
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting