Distylium Hybrid - (D. myricoides x D. racemosum )
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.
Coppertone Distylium has a nice densely branched, somewhat rounded growth habit to it if left to grow naturally. It can however, be trimmed in order to be maintained at a variety of shapes, heights, widths, etc. Foliage is a nice dark bluish green - new growth is coppery red color, and holds that unusual color for quite some time before maturing into the dark bluish green. There is a period of time usually in mid spring or so when the combination of the coppery colored new growth, and the nice darker blue / green mature foliage gives an almost "rainbow". or distinct multicolored foliage effect. Truly beautiful.....and unusual.
The main distinguishing features which would make this Distylium variety different from the others we grow / offer are two fold: 1) the manner in which the coppery red colored new growth retains color and mixes with the mature foliage is definitely different, and totally attractive.......and 2) The nice dense, even & slightly rounded growth habit & shape of this variety. As with all of the Distylium hybrids we offer, Coppertone 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 major attributes that Coppertone Distylium has to offer.
The Coppertone Distylium is part of the First Editions, and first developed by Plant Introductions, Inc. 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 :
3 - 4 ft
--Mature Width :
4 - 5 ft
--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
7 - 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 elongated evergreen foliage is beautiful dark bluish green with coppery red colored new growth which retains its nice rich copper color longer than other varieties. Compact, densely branched habit & texture.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Small reddish / maroon flowers begin to appear in late winter, lasting for several weeks.
--Diseases / Insects :
None to mention.
--Recommended Spacing :
Approx 2 1/2 - 3 ft apart recommended for most typical hedge 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.