Chamaedaphne calyculata 'WHITE BELLS'

Chamaedaphne calyculata
Chamaedaphne calyculata 'WHITE BELLS'
leatherleaf
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME March - April
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 2   (down to -45°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 Evergreen broadleaf
Rarities
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Leatherleaf is a small shrub native to most temperate parts of Northern hemisphere. It is a bog plant that can be found growing next to andromedas and other acid-soil-loving plants. If your soil is water-retaining clay, add peat and you can grow this care-free beauty without a problem.

White Bells is a selection rather than a variety of leatherleaf noted for compact, bushy growth, and profuse flowering. It produces arching shoots with numerous white, urn-shaped, lily-of-the-valley-like flowers in early spring. Fully flowering shrub is a show-stopper and conquers most early spring flowering shrubs. Evergreen leaves are ovate to oblong, 2-3 cm long and shorter towards the ends of the branches, dark olive green with some dotting like Ebbingei elaeagnus, and rusty (scaly) reverse. It can be lightly trimmed after flowering but in order to keep a nice shape it is not needed.

It loves moist to wet places with humus-rich, cool, and acidic soil. Grow it in constant moisture or even a boggy location in full sun or partial shade. While it gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day it will be happy. It common garden soil it needs to be mulched as drying out quickly ends up in losing leaves along the stems. Pest and disease free. Extremely hardy to -45°C (USDA zone 2).

Last update 30-10-2017
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  • 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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