Distylium - Emerald Heights (tm) / Size 1
Emerald Heights Distylium Hybrid

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Our Price : $8.95

Product Code: DISEMH1

Distylium Hybrid - (D. myricoides x D. racemosum ) 'Emerald Heights'

Overall Description

Distylium is a member of the witch hazel family, and are virtually unknown here in North America.......at least in the landscape trade, until recent years. But that is quickly changing, as new hybrid varieties have been developed & marketed exclusively for a wide variety of uses in the landscape / nursery industry. These new Distylium hybrids are now being produced within the U.S., and are beginning to make their way into landscapes across the country. They are an outstanding alternative to commonly used species such as cherry laurels, junipers, hollies, Indian hawthorn, and even boxwood. Their performance thus far has been outstanding, with several new hybrid varieties planned for development over the next few years. Uses for Emerald Height Distylium include, but are not limited to, hedging, foundation plantings, foreground plantings in front of larger full sized evergreen trees, and can even be trimmed to a smaller mature size for use borders along walkways or driveways, etc.

Emerald Heights is an evergreen shrub with excellent dark green foliage year round. Good compact branching habit requires slight occasional trimming ( once or twice per season ) two maintain a variety of heights & widths, depending on desired use. As with all of the Distylium hybrids we offer, Emerald Heights Distylium also displays small reddish colored flowers in late winter, which gives this plant a bit of winter seasonal interest............although the small flowers are not a major feature of this plant by any means. Just a little "bonus" in addition to the other desirable traits that Emerald Heights Distylium has to offer.

Emerald Heights Distylium is part of the Gardener's Confidence (tm) series of new plant introductions, and was first developed by Plant Introductions, Inc. ( a Bailey's Nursery company ). It has been tested in varying temperature zones, growing conditions, etc to help evaluate just what areas this variety is best suited for. It has been especially impressive in areas with high heat & humidity, and has shown good drought tolerance as well.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 5 ft ( can be trimmed to be maintained shorter if necessary )

--Mature Width : 5 - 5 1/2 ft ( also can be maintained at different width through occasional trimmings )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 8" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6b - 10

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic - well drained.......but will tolerate & adapt to most soil types.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - nice narrow elongated evergreen foliage is a very glossy dark green, averaging approx 2" in length by 3/4" - 1" in width

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Small reddish / maroon flowers begin to appear in late winter, lasting for a couple weeks.

--Diseases / Insects :
None to mention.

--Recommended Spacing :
Approx 3 - 3 1/2 ft apart recommended for most typical hedge type / continuous row plantings

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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