Pic of the Day – Styrax japonicus ‘Evening Light’

Young plants really start to show off by their second year in the garden.

Young plants really start to show off by their second year in the garden.

Glossy, purple foliage combines well with other plants in the garden.

Glossy, purple foliage combines well with other plants in the garden.

The new purple leaf snowbell, Styrax japonicus ‘Evening Light’, is already proving to be a showstopper plant in only its second year in the garden.  The foliage emerges purple and has only deepened as the spring progresses.  Based on last year’s observations, the color should fade some as the heat of the summer kicks in.  The reddish young stems are attractive even in winter.  White bell flowers show up beautifully against the dark foliage in mid-spring after the leaves have emerged.  Based on reports and the observable short internodes, this should be a relatively slow grower and stay tight and relatively dwarf, perhaps 8′-12′ in 10 years.  Plant in full sun for best color and flowering.

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