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Disporum cantoniense 'Night Heron'


Disporum cantoniense 'Night Heron' or Chinese fairy bells is a beautiful and stately evergreen perennial that emerges flushed with burgundy.

Disporum cantoniense (syn. longistylum) 'Night Heron' grows to 3-4 tall emerging in early spring with burgundy-purple, bamboo-like shoots like an exotic multi-limbed creature unfurling itself into the new season. The foliage then emerges flushed with chocolate-brown. Both stems and leaves slowly change to deep, shiny green as the season progresses. Creamy white or greenish flowers are followed by dark blue-black berries that persist on this evergreen plant through winter. Grow in more sun to enhance and lengthen the burgundy display in the stems and leaves. This Chinese fairy bells is a Dan Hinkley collection from Sichuan Province, China.

Common Name: Chinese Fairy Bells

Family: Colchicaceae (The Bellwort Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-10

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour: Burgundy

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Blue


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Cool shady places at elevations of 1100-2900m in Nepal. Forests and thickets at elevations of 700-3000m.

Award: GPP

Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

Asia and the Pacific - Himalayas

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