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Vintage Jade Distylium looks the same 24/7 and through the seasons. Does that make it timeless? We think so.
When you're designing your plantings the subtle dark blue-green leaf color and spreading shape are the elements to consider. Please note that the leaves are a calm blue-green, they are not a vivid powder-blue or silver-blue, say like Artemesia or Cedrus atlantica. They are more green than blue, but they are quite handsomely blue tinged.
The flowers are red, but you may not even notice them. Only consider them in your design strategy if you're really going for the details and want to exclude brief, subtle red tones.
Distyliums are in the Hamamelis family and, as such, related to our Chinese parrotia tree, Parrotia subaequalis.
We love our First Editions® plants.
truly versatile to all soil types (rich or lean, moist or dry, acid/alkaline)
drought tolerant once established
Vintage Jade Distylium
USDA Hardiness Zones
Fall Leaf Color Quality
evergreen and holds blue-green color well in the cold, doesn't bronze
Native to USA?
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.
It's March and the new growth is damaged, what happened?
Damage to new growth from spring frosts is called "burning." To prevent frost nipping the new growth that comes out early in warm spells during spring, folks throw old sheets, blankets, or burlap over their distyliums when they notice new growth and the thermometer dropping below 32 degrees. Likely only the new growth will get nipped and the plant will grow back just fine and you'll never even notice something happened.