Distylium Hybrid - (D. myricoides x D. racemosum ) 'Vintage Jade'Plant Patent #23128
Distylium is a member of the witch hazel family, and are virtually unknown here in North America.......at least in the landscape trade. There are now a handful of Distylium hybrids that are being produced within the U.S. that 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.
The Vintage Jade hybrid is extremely hardy - pest & disease resistant, drought tolerant, wet soil tolerant, and thrive in full sun to partial shade. Foliage is evergreen, and has a beautiful dark green coloration year round, with just a slight bluish cast. Very small reddish maroon flowers appear in late winter, which also gives this plant some nice seasonal interest too. Is the lowest growing of all the Distylium hybrids, and makes a wonderful, thick, yet graceful looking hedge or groundcover planting.
The Vintage Jade variety of Distylium hybrid was first developed by Plant Introductions, Inc, and put into trial plantings back in 2005 - and over the past several seasons have been subjected to some of the highest temperatures on record for their planting zones, extreme drought, and some were even purposefully planted in very wet, moist soils. In all cases, the shrub has thrived and adapted itself while maintaining beautiful appearance with good growth hardiness.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Moderate ( 6"-10" avg per yr )
6b-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below - or check out our Hardiness Zone Map & Information Page )
Full to partial sun
Average to slightly acidic - well drained.......but will tolerate & adapt to most soil types.
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen broadleaf - nice elongated evergreen foliage is beautiful dark green year round - slight bluish tone in optimal conditions. Develops a mounding, spreading arched branching habit.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Small reddish / maroon flowers begin to appear in late winter, lasting for several weeks.
--Diseases / Insects:
None to mention.
Approx 2 1/2 - 3 ft apart recommended for most typical hedge / groundcover 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 POOPeas for use with all of evergreen species. However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting.
POOPeas may be used at anytime.