• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hel-WIN-jee-a chi-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Average landscape size:Reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Chinese Fairy Bells (Disporum); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Camellia (Camellia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Best in bright or dappled shade; protect from harsh direct sun and drying winds. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This genus is native to eastern Asia, the Himalayas, and northern Indochina. Helwingia is named in honor of Georg Andreas Helwing, an expert on the plants of Prussia. In 1830, over eighty years after his death, Helwingia japonica was introduced into Europe by Philipp von Siebold. Since then, this genus of shrubs has had a very small presence in gardens, appreciated primarily for its intriguing morphology; flowers appearing atop its leaves. This particular plant is a selection of a Helwingia chinensis brought to Monrovia by plant explorer Daniel J. Hinkley, who states "I would make a case for the wider use of helwingias--they offer an unobtrusive charm combined with the kind of botanical fascination that demands a second look, resulting in the realization that beauty can occur along a wide spectrum."
    Lore:
    All species of Helwingia are dioecious, meaning if both male and female plants are grown in proximity to each other, small purple drupes (fruit) may be produced, and ripen atop the leaf blades in early autumn.