Monday, September 26, 2011

Adina rubella - China Buttonbush

A handsome large shrub typically reaching around 9 feet that is native to southern China. Some records include: fastest recorded growth rate - 4 feet; largest on record - 16 x 30 feet.
The very glossy, luxuriant deep green leaves are up to 2.5 x 1 inch in size. There foliage often remains green until Christmas.
The flowers are up to an inch across and resemble that of the native Buttonbush. The very showy, fragrant white blooms are borne early summer until mid autumn.
Hardy zone 7 to 9 though it survives north to zone 5 as a dieback perennial.
Prefers full sun to partial shade and is soil tolerant though preferring fertile, acidic and well drained. It is also tolerant of flooding.

* photos taken on 4th of July @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.



* photos taken on July 17 2010 @ Morris Arboretum, Philly, PA


* photo taken on October 17 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

* photo taken on June 23 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photos taken on Sep 3 2017 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

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