• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 12 ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Winter to Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:Pah lee SPORE ah Lon gee CAR pah
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Growth habit:Columnar
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 12 ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Winter to Early Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsPeony (Paeonia); Hosta (Hosta); Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun in hot summer areas.Pruning time: spring, after flowering.
    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 to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This Asian relative of Camellia and Stewartia comes from seed originally collected by plant explorer Daniel Hinkley in northwest Vietnam. MonSaPaRby' is a unique seedling selection was made by plantsman Richard Wells of Monrovia Nursery in Dayton, Oregon. The cultivar name 'MonSaPaRby' references the village SaPa in L'o Cai Province, near the spot where the original seed was collected.