Coppertone Distylium's new growth is copper on the youngest leaves. The new growth is quite natty, as you can see in the pictures, but we adore the blue-green mature leaves.
This is a great boxwood substitute, even though the foliage is more blue than on boxwoods. Coppertone looks great up against homes - the leaf color is enhanced when placed next to brick construction and buildings of many colors (white, gray, green, and yellow are the ones we've seen).
Coppertone is a tough evergreen shrub (all Distyliums are) that brings reliability and showy new growth to the garden pallet. It looks good as a low hedge, in a straight or staggered line, or even just one placed on it's own surrounded by perennials and other shrubs.
Distyliums have small, red flowers, that you may or may not notice. The flowers neither add nor detract. They are simply biology taking place in your shrubbery, not trying to impress.
I'm told that Coppertone is a little more cold hardy than Cinnamon Girl Distylium. We have Cinnamon Girl liners (finally!) and will know for ourselves after next winter. We'll report back.
Interestingly, Chinese parrotia tree, Parrotia subaequalis, is related and in the same plant family.
Coppertone is one of three First Editions® Distyliums that we proudly grow.
USDA Hardiness Zones
- Winter: dark green
- Spring: red
- Summer: dark green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
evergreen and holds dark green color well in the cold, doesn't bronze
Soil Moisture Requirements
adaptable, moist, average, dry
Soil pH Requirements
acid to neutral
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
Give it a warm, mild climate, but otherwise it's so well-adjusted that as long as you don't drive over it, it will be fine.