Enkianthus bring a welcome subtlety to the spring garden with their small bell shaped flowers and delicate leaves.

The Arboretum has several varieties including a giant 47-year-old specimen of  Enkianthus capmpanulatus (redvein enkianthus) which in 1996 was listed as a state champion tree.

Enkianthus grow best in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained, acidic soils, and does not suffer from serious pests and diseases and is also deer-resistant.

To learn more about this genus see the article co-authored by Tom Clark in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Plantsman publication.