Disanthus cercidifolius

redbud hazel

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Disanthus cercidifolius is one of the best shrubs for fall color and one of the few plants that turns a reliably deep red even in partially shaded conditions. It begins to color in early fall with tints of burgundy that are followed by crimson with orange and gold undertones. Disanthus cercidifolius has small, unusual flowers that resemble little burgundy starfish that appear as the foliage drops for the season. Although they are cute they are rather medicinal in fragrance.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, variegated, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: dark green, burgundy

Culture Notes
Redbud hazel prefers light to dappled shade and well-drained soil. It will tolerate sandy and clay soils if the drainage is adequate. Provide regular watering during dry weather to keep the shrub at its best. It will develop a naturally graceful vase-like form and requires little pruning other than the removal of dead, broken or poorly formed branches.
Geek Notes
Native to China & Japan. The species name, cercidifolius, refers to the similarity of its leaves to that of genus Cercis, commonly called redbuds.