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Disporum cantoniense (Chinese Fairy Bells)

Chinese Fairy Bells, Canton Fairy Bells, Disporum pullum


Disporum cantoniense (Chinese Fairy Bells) is a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial with arching, bamboo-like stems clothed with lance-shaped, shiny, bright green leaves, 5 in. long (12 cm). In late spring and early summer, bell-shaped flowers in shades of creamy-white or reddish purple dangle at the stem ends. They are followed by showy dark-red berries in the fall. A handsome shade-loving woodland species.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). Plants spread by rhizomes to form colonies but they are not considered to be invasive.
  • Performs best in part shade in humus-rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full shade. Provide a sheltered site and protect with a dry winter mulch.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs and vine weevil.
  • Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn. Divide in spring before or as growth begins.
  • Native to China, Himalaya, E. Indies.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Disporum - Fairy Bells
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fruit & Berries
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Disporum - Fairy Bells
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fruit & Berries
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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