Evening Light Japanese Snowbell
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Evening Light Japanese Snowbell is a sleek, stylish ornamental tree with a vase-shaped habit and dramatically dark leaves that appear almost black. Its foliage alone makes it a standout, but that’s only part of the appeal! In late spring and early summer, white flowers adorn the branches, standing out boldly against the dark background like a string of pearls against a little black dress. Evening Light Japanese Snowbell is a petite tree that fits easily into foundation beds, patio plantings, mixed borders, or anyplace you need a small-scale focal point. So chic!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Native to a vast area encompassing not only Japan, but also parts of China, Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines, Japanese Snowbell is surprisingly uncommon in American gardens. New selections—especially this one—are likely to change that. Evening Light was a sensation when it came out in 2012, and it continues to turn heads. It was discovered in a Dutch nursery in 2001 as a chance seedling, and it immediately appeared to be something special. There are other dark-leaved Snowbells on the market, but none gets so dark or holds its color so long (throughout the growing season) like Evening Light.
Fragrant, too! The blossoms of Evening Light Japanese Snowbell are a treat for the nose as well as the eyes. Plant this charming tree near your outdoor seating area to take in its sweet perfume as you unwind in the backyard on late spring days.
How to Grow
It’s a mystery why Japanese Snowbells have never really caught on in the eastern U.S., because they are delightful trees that aren’t too difficult to care for and that are untroubled by pests or diseases. You’ll want to plant your Evening Light Snowbell in a sunny or partly shady spot. A site with sun in the morning and shade during the hottest part of the day is best in very warm climates. This tree appreciates moist, well-drained soil with a good deal of organic matter mixed into it. Acidic soil is ideal. Prune immediately after blooming if desired, though you won’t have much need to prune or otherwise fuss over this low-maintenance tree.
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