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Rhodoleia henryi 'Scarlet Bells' (Henry's Rhodoleia)

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Rhodoleia henryi 'Scarlet Bells' | 1 gal. pot

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Amazing evergreen shrub from China. Early spring blooms are large bright rose-red bells (2-3"). Based on experience in Georgia it should be hardy to at least zone 7 and possibly zone 6. We have not tried it outdoors yet. Rounded, glossy leaves have silvery undersides.

Rhodoleia henryi 'Scarlet Bells' (Henry's Rhodoleia)

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NEW! Ted Stephens brought this new evergreen shrub back from Japan 2003-4, he now waxes enthusiastically about the plant and we agree it has amazing potential. It is actually native to China, do not confuse it with the more common and far less cold-hardy Rhodoleia championii, Teds two original specimens were left outside(in Georgia) in containers for several years with no winter protection and they survived unscathed. Rhodoleia is a member of the Witchhazel family, Hamamelidaceae, which makes it related to Loropetalum and Witchhazels. Flowers are amazing bell-shaped clusters of vibrant rose-pink to red petals measuring about 2-3" across. Flowers typically open in mid March in Georgia in Zone 8 continuing to mid April. Ted states that even with low 20°F nights, the flowers were not damaged. The species name "henryi" refers to Augustine Henry, an Irish physician and plant collector who lived from 1857 to 1930. The foliage is an attractive dark green on the surface with silvery blue undersides. It will attain the size of a large shrub or small tree. Ted hasn't experienced any pest problems with it, and even deer have not touched it.

Additional Information

Name Rhodoleia henryi 'Scarlet Bells' (Henry's Rhodoleia)
Nursery Only No
Plant Height 10-15 ft
Plant Width 10-15 ft
Zone 7, 8, 9
Hardy to Temp 5ºF ?
Sun Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Moisture Average
Bloom Color Rose, Red
Fragrant No
Bloom Period March, April
Foliage Color Dark Green
Plant Size Selector Large Shrub (6-15 ft)
Plant Type Evergreen Shrub
Deer Resistant No
Soil Type Loam
U.S. Native No
Native to China
Habit Pyramidal
New Offering No
Catalog Category Trees, Shrubs & Vines