Drooping red enkianthus Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
drooping red enkianthus


E. cernuus f. rubens is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with small obovate leaves becoming deep purple-red in autumn. Flowers cup-shaped, deep red, with fringed lobes, in drooping racemes, from late spring

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Red-vein Enkianthus, F. Rubens Redvein Enkianthus

    • Common names

      Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 feet (1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      4 feet (1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens, commonly known as Redvein Enkianthus, offers striking visual interest with its bell-shaped flowers and vibrant autumn foliage that ranges from yellow to deep red.
    • Habitat Support: The plant provides habitat and nutrition for various species of birds and insects, which use it for foraging and nesting.
    • Landscape Versatility: Redvein Enkianthus is adaptable to a range of soil types, making it a versatile choice for garden designs.
    • Seasonal Interest: This plant offers a long season of interest, from its springtime flowers to its colorful fall leaves, providing beauty throughout multiple seasons.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, Redvein Enkianthus requires minimal care, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners.
    • Size Management: With its moderate growth rate and manageable size, it fits well in smaller gardens or as part of larger landscape designs.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography backdrop - The Redvein Enkianthus is often used as a scenic backdrop for photographers, particularly when its leaves turn vibrant colors in the fall.
    • Ornamental crafts - Its colorful leaves and unique bell-shaped flowers can be used in dried floral arrangements and craft projects.
    • Education - Suitable for use in botany and horticulture education to teach students about plant morphology and phenology, particularly in temperate climates.
    • Watercolor painting - Artists may use the plant as a subject for watercolor paintings, capturing the detail of its flowers and leaves.
    • Ecological study - Redvein Enkianthus can be an indicator species for certain soil types or microclimates, useful in ecological assessments.
    • Garden design - Landscape architects may utilize this plant in designing garden patterns, borders, or as part of a shrubbery layer for visual interest.
    • Natural dye - The leaves and flowers may provide natural dyes for fabric or paper, though this use is less common and requires experimentation.
    • Seasonal indicator - The plant's flowering and color change can be used to signal seasonal transitions in a garden or outdoor space.
    • Fairy gardens - Due to its delicate look, Redvein Enkianthus is sometimes included in fairy garden designs, to create a whimsical, miniature landscape.
    • Winter interest - With its peeling bark and persistent fruit capsules, Redvein Enkianthus can add visual interest to gardens during the bare winter months.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Redvein Enkianthus is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Redvein Enkianthus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Refinement: Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens, commonly known as the Redvein enkianthus, is noted for its elegant and delicate appearance, which is often associated with refinement and tasteful beauty.
    • Change: As a plant that changes color throughout the seasons, Redvein enkianthus is a symbol of change and adaptability, representing the natural flow of life cycles.
    • Patience: With its slow growth and late blooming characteristics, the Redvein enkianthus symbolizes patience and the virtue of waiting for the right moment.
    • New Beginnings: Blooming in spring, the Redvein enkianthus is often associated with new beginnings and the fresh start that comes with this rejuvenating season.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Redvein Enkianthus should be watered deeply to ensure that the root system is adequately saturated, doing so approximately once a week during active growing seasons of spring and summer. During the fall and winter, reduce watering to every two to three weeks, depending on weather conditions. Ensure the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging. A good rule of thumb is to provide about one gallon of water for each watering session, adjusting based on the plant's response, size, and environmental factors.

  • sunLight

    Redvein Enkianthus thrives best in partial shade to full sun. The ideal location would allow the plant to receive morning sunlight with dappled shade in the afternoon, protecting it from the harsh midday sun. East or north-facing locations are often suitable spots that provide these light conditions.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Redvein Enkianthus is hardy and prefers a temperature range from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. The plant can survive minimum temperatures down to about minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from severe cold winds. During hotter temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, ensure the plant has adequate shade and moisture.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Redvein Enkianthus is essential to maintain its shape, remove any dead or diseased wood, and encourage healthy growth. The best time for pruning is in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Pruning can be done annually, ensuring to make clean cuts and to not over-prune, as this can stress the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Redvein Enkianthus thrives in acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 to 6. A mix of peat, pine bark, and coarse sand or perlite creates a well-draining soil that's ideal for this plant's health and growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Redvein Enkianthus should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to ensure it has enough room to grow and to refresh the soil as it tends to become compacted and nutrient-depleted over time.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Redvein Enkianthus prefers moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50-60%, but it is somewhat adaptable to different humidity conditions if not too extreme.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Redvein Enkianthus near a bright window; avoid direct sun, water regularly.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, mulch well, shield from strong winds, water deeply.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens, commonly referred to as Redvein Enkianthus, begins its cycle with seed germination, which requires a period of cold stratification to break dormancy. Following germination, seedlings establish and grow, developing into small shrubs with distinctive red veined, bell-shaped flowers that attract pollinators for sexual reproduction during the spring to early summer. After pollination, these plants produce dry, dehiscent capsules containing numerous small seeds that are dispersed by wind. The seeds undergo a dormancy period before the next growing season when they can germinate, perpetuating the cycle. In addition to sexual reproduction, Redvein Enkianthus can also propagate vegetatively through cuttings which root and form new plants. Throughout its life, the plant experiences cycles of growth and dormancy, with foliage turning bright red and gold in the fall before leaf drop, preparing for winter dormancy.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Enkianthus campanulatus 'Red Bells', a variety more commonly referred to by the name Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens, is most often propagated through softwood cuttings. This technique is usually carried out in the late spring or early summer when new growth is still flexible and not yet mature. To do this, gardeners select healthy, non-flowering shoots and cut lengths between 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters), just below a leaf node. The cuttings have their lower leaves removed, and the cut end is often dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The prepared cuttings are then inserted into a potting mix of peat and perlite, kept moist, and placed under a propagation tent or in a shaded greenhouse with a high humidity level to facilitate root growth. Roots typically begin to form in a few weeks, after which the cuttings can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions before being planted out in their final location.