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Coppertone™ Distylium

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Coppertone™ Distylium features coppery-red new foliage that matures to a cool blue green. Disease resistant and adaptable, this evergreen shrub for warm climates has become a landscape favorite as a replacement for boxwood, cherry laurel, and other shrubs that have become plagued with disease and pest issues. At 3-4' tall and 4-5' wide, Coppertone™ is a great mid-size choice for landscape beds.

Plant Attributes

The Coppertone™ Distylium is an exceptional evergreen shrub that boasts an array of desirable attributes, making it an excellent addition to any landscape or garden. This low-maintenance plant, belonging to the witch-hazel family (Hamamelidaceae), is known for its beautiful coppery-red foliage, compact growth habit, and remarkable adaptability to a variety of conditions.

One of the most striking features of the Coppertone™ Distylium is its distinctive foliage. The small, leathery leaves emerge as an attractive coppery-red color in the spring, eventually maturing to a lustrous dark green as the seasons progress. This eye-catching transformation provides a unique contrast in the landscape throughout the year. In late winter to early spring, this evergreen shrub produces small, inconspicuous red flowers that add a subtle pop of color to the garden.

Coppertone™ Distylium is appreciated for its compact growth habit, typically reaching 3 to 4 feet in height and 4 to 5 feet in width at maturity. This moderate size makes it an ideal choice for foundation plantings, borders, and hedges. Moreover, its dense, mounding growth habit provides excellent coverage, making it perfect for erosion control on slopes or embankments.

This hardy shrub thrives in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 9 and is adaptable to a variety of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. It performs best in well-draining soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. Coppertone™ Distylium is also noted for its resistance to common plant diseases and pests, as well as its ability to withstand air pollution, making it a suitable choice for urban environments.

Landscape Use

The Coppertone Distylium is a great choice for any landscaper looking to add low-maintenance, adaptable greenery to their landscape.

This versatile shrub thrives in hot, humid climates and well-drained, acidic soil. Once planted, it's remarkably resilient, able to withstand damp soil conditions as well as pests or diseases. Additionally, the Coppertone Distylium is surprisingly resistant to damage from deer grazing.

With vibrant color and variety throughout the year, the Coppertone Distylium makes a great addition to any landscape. Whether you're looking for something small and compact or tall and stately, this versatile shrub has something for everyone.

If you're looking to brighten up shady spots in your yard or make an underutilized corner of your property more attractive, the Coppertone Distylium is a fantastic choice that will meet all your gardening needs with ease. So if you're ready for low-maintenance landscaping with year-round appeal, look no further than the Coppertone Distylium!

Planting & Care

If you are looking for an easy-to-care-for shrub for your garden, then the Coppertone Distylium is a perfect choice. With its preference for average to slightly acidic well-drained soil and its ability to tolerate high heat and humidity as well as dry conditions, this versatile bush is ideal for southern states.

What's more, it is highly resistant to pests and diseases, making it a great choice if you are looking for a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal maintenance. Additionally, because it can be easily pruned into formal shapes like boxwood, this bush is also perfect for those who enjoy gardening with a touch of formality. So why wait? Give your garden a splash of Coppertone Distylium today!

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Plant Features

  • Height: 3-4'
  • Width: 4-5'
  • Hardiness Zone: 7-9
  • Heat Zone: 9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Habit: Rounded to spreading
  • Flower Color: Dark Red
  • Foliage: Blue

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