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Honey-cups Zenobia pulverulenta

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
zen-OH-bee-ah pul-ver-yoo-LEN-tah
Description

Zenobia is a deciduous to evergreen shrub that is native to portions of southeastern US.  Best propagation comes from softwood cuttings in early summer, layering or division in early spring. May not come true from seed. Usually deciduous in USDA zones 6 and 7, but semi-evergreen south of zone.  It is native to moist soils in sandy or peaty pine savannas, shrub bogs, pond/swamp margins and natural depression ponds in the southeastern U.S. coastal plain from Virginia to Georgia (Flora of North America). This plant has showy green to bluish-green foliage. It is intolerant of heat and drought.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Woodlander's Blue'
'Woodlander's Blue'
Tags:
#deciduous#semi-evergreen#native shrub#small mammals#Coastal OBL#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Woodlander's Blue'
'Woodlander's Blue'
Tags:
#deciduous#semi-evergreen#native shrub#small mammals#Coastal OBL#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Zenobia
    Species:
    pulverulenta
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Native to the Southeastern US
    Distribution:
    Southeastern US Coastal Plain
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Multi-stemmed
    Open
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    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:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    5 Valved Capsules that appear between September to October
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Fragrant flowers bloom in the late spring to early summer (April-June).
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Orange
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Waxy smooth on both surfaces.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Compaction
    Dry Soil