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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'–8' high x 3'–5' wide; hardy to zone 7.

Helwingia chinensis (S-0772)
Each $11.00
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