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Helwingia chinensis
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Helwingia chinensis

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Helwingia chinensis

Helwingia

Helwingia chinensis partial shade

An unusual member of a small curious genus that venerates Georg Helwing, a German pastor and scholar on Prussian flora, this attractive multistemmed evergreen was collected during Dan Hinkley's 1996 expedition to China's Sichuan Province. Willow-shaped dark green foliage defined by a lustrous finish, maroon tinges and minutely toothed margins, alternately cloaks smooth green upright stems and generates unique flowers—tiny cream-colored spheres perched upon its midribs. Yielding a reputed remedy for skin inflammations, Helwingia chinensis bestows colorful year-round accents upon the woodland garden, where it relishes light shade, well-drained soil and regular moisture.

Blooms May.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high x 3' 0"–5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.

Helwingia chinensis (S-0772)
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Nearly 65” of rain coupled with chilly spring days spawned a remarkable surge of lush foliar growth, plus spectacular long-lasting flowers in our nursery & garden this year. Spring is always such an exciting time as we watch the multitude of leaves, buds and blooms that seemingly unfurl over night plus the numerous new shoots stretching skyward. Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’s delicate golden foliage glows in dappled shady niches, while the dark leaves of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge's exquisite domes, and the richly colored Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ promise to turn more than a few heads in your garden. Perhaps you could let Campanula ‘Blue Waterfall’ cascade down your garden steps, or brighten up a sunny bed with Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’. We hope you’ll make room for a few of these shrubs & perennials. Our extensive display borders which surround the nursery are now open through Colombus Day weekend. Our first guided Saturday Stroll is June 24th., followed by July 15th & 29th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer.

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