Liftoff™ Chinese Fairy Bells

Disporum longistylum 'MonLift'

Exceptional Windcliff selection with extraordinary large, succulent purple-stained stems rising in spring, creating deep green leafy columns to six feet tall. Ivory bell-like flowers unfurl with the new growth, followed by glistening deep blue fruit that persists through winter. Evergreen in mild climates.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationdy-SPOR-um lon-jee-STY-luhm
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasDisporum longistyllum adds a nice vertical element to a perennial border, evoking the feel of bamboo. Pairs beautifully with Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa), which blooms at a similar time with flowers of a similar hue. Use to add a tropical look to a dappled shade garden, placed where its exceptional seasonal qualities can be witnessed up-close. Makes an unusual and dramatic statement as a container or courtyard specimen; forms a statuesque shape that is stunning in an entry or zen retreat.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Spikenard (Aralia); Dogwood (Cornus kousa); Ligularia (Ligularia)

Provide well-drained humus-rich soil. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established maintain evenly moist soil. Apply slow-release fertilizer and prune away old stems in early spring to promote a flush of fresh new foliage.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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