Vintage Jade Distylium is an evergreen flowering shrub, ideal for the Southern United States. Its carefree elegance is just what you need in your garden right now.
Distylium Vintage Jade is native to Asia. It is also known as Winter Hazel, Isu Tree, and Evergreen Witch Hazel. This perennial has a relatively compact size with a cascading growth habit.
Vintage Jade Distylium displays lush foliage lined along wiry stems. These flexible woody stems branch out in every direction and support an array of pointed oblong leaves that are about 1 to 3 inches long. In texture, these leaves are soft and leathery with an attractive glossy sheen. New growth is bright green and matures to shades of darker bluish-green. The final result is a delightfully bushy yet elegant appearance.
Handsome, burgundy-red flowers cluster along the far-reaching branches of Vintage Jade. These tiny clustering flowers tend to bloom in late winter through spring. Thereafter, barely noticeable fruits emerge. Fruits mature to a brownish-copper color and have a woody capsule-like shape. They are an excellent food source for wild birds and other animals.
How to Use Vintage Jade Distylium in the Garden
Vintage Jade Distylium is an excellent choice for mass planting along borders, foundations, walking paths, and even on hillsides for erosion control. Its compact size is ideal for mixed garden beds too. Use it as an accent shrub, low hedge, or show off its vibrant personality in a patio container.
Vintage Jade Distylium Care Information
Vintage Jade Distylium is resistant to pests, disease, and deer. It is valued not only for its lovely foliage but for its reliable hardiness and no-nonsense appeal. It is also drought and heat tolerant, which makes it ideal for the South.
Vintage Jade Distylium grows best in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. It thrives along the coast and in mountainous areas. In colder climates, this evergreen shrub can be grown in pots and brought inside to overwinter.
Vintage Jade Distylium prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. The more sun it receives, the denser its lush foliage will become.
Water Vintage Jade Distylium regularly, about 1 or 2 times per week until it is well established.
Vintage Jade Distylium tolerates variable or soggy soil but prefers good drainage. Amend with a slow-release fertilizer in spring. Vintage Jade Distylium prefers an acidic to slightly acidic pH. Mulching with pine needles or peat moss is a great option for increasing acidity.
Vintage Jade Distylium Size
This shrub likes to take its time and is slow growing. It has an average mature height of 2 to 4 feet, depending upon growing conditions and the region. It also has a 3 to 8 foot mounding spread width. Distylium Vintage Jade spacing should be 3 to 4 feet apart for a continuous hedge or 8 or more feet apart for a visual distinction between plants.
How to Prune Vintage Jade Distylium
Trim the tips of this plant in late May or even into June, after flowering, for a more robust, dense, and compact appearance. However, pruning is not required.
Consider Adding Vintage Jade Distylium to Your Garden!
Vintage Jade Distylium is low-maintenance and easy to love. It makes an attractive specimen or foundation plant in cottage, coastal, rustic, and contemporary gardens.
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9