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Disporum nantouense (Chinese fairy bells)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Disporum nantouense

Other names

Chinese fairy bells

Genus

Disporum Disporum

Species

D. nantouense - D. nantouense is an upright, clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial with ovate to lance-shaped, veined, mid- to dark green leaves and narrowly bell-shaped, brown-tipped, cream to pale yellow flowers in late spring and early summer followed by spherical, black fruit.


Disporum nantouense is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Pale-yellow, Flushed brown, Cream in Spring; Flushed brown, Cream, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Vine weevil Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Remove old stems before new growth emerges in spring.

Propagation

Divide roots before growth starts in spring or just as it has started.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Disporum nantouense (Chinese fairy bells) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in cool, humus-rich, moist but well drained, neutral to acid soil in partial or full shade.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Disporum nantouense

Other names

Chinese fairy bells

Genus

Disporum Disporum

Species

D. nantouense - D. nantouense is an upright, clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial with ovate to lance-shaped, veined, mid- to dark green leaves and narrowly bell-shaped, brown-tipped, cream to pale yellow flowers in late spring and early summer followed by spherical, black fruit.

Native to

Asia

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow, Flushed brown, Cream in Spring; Flushed brown, Cream, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Remove old stems before new growth emerges in spring.

Propagation

Divide roots before growth starts in spring or just as it has started.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Disporum nantouense (Chinese fairy bells) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in cool, humus-rich, moist but well drained, neutral to acid soil in partial or full shade.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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