Astilbe chinensis 'DIAMONDS AND PEARLS'®

Astilbe chinensis
Astilbe chinensis 'DIAMONDS AND PEARLS'®
astilbe
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.4-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME July - August
LOCATION semi-shade to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Do you remember a chart hit by Prince called “Diamonds and Pearls” from early 1990’s? I recon this would have been the impulse that gave the breeder an idea of how to name his beautiful invention. This astilbe was bred by Henricus G.J. Verduin, and patented in 2007 after almost 10 years of controlled breeding programme in Dutch town Heemskerk. PP19,092.

Diamonds and Pearls® is a fantastic Chinese astilbe variety with large, creamy white flowers that look like pampas grass. They come out in early July on about 50 cm tall, sturdy stems that tolerate wind and rain. Leaves are mid green, deciduous, and healthy. It forms a dense, bushy clump with more and more flowers every summer.

Grow astilbe in humus-rich soil. If planted in boggy or regularly watered bed they can sit in full sun, too, otherwise choose a semi-shaded or shaded location. They are water loving plants and require a good dose of nutrients to look their best. They will not grow in chalky or clay soil that dries out in summer.

For best results divide the clumps every 3-4 years removing old and dead rhizomes in early spring. Also in the spring remove old leaves and last year’s flowers. Fully hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 15-07-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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