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Emmenopterys henryi


Emmenopterys henryi is a very rare and beautiful tree which is native to parts of China and was first introduced to the UK in 1907 by Ernest H Wilson.

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A very rare and beautiful tree which is native to parts of China and was first introduced in 1907 by Ernest H Wilson. Emmenopterys henryi is decideous with mid green leaves on red stalks and breathtaking, large clusters of creamy-white, fragrant flowers which are surrounded by white 'bracts' similar to those of a Schizophragma.

These flowers are usually only found on mature plants (over 30 years old), although there is a documented case of flowers appearing on a specimen as young as 6 years old. A fantastic plant, although getting it to flower is a long lasting challenge!

  • Position: Sheltered in sun or light shade.
  • Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
  • Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Emmenopterys henryi will do grow best in a warm, sheltered garden protected from cold winter winds..
  • Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
  • Habit: Emmenopterys henryi eventually grows to be a small branching tree.
    • Height:  10 m (32 ft) / [up to 3 m (10 ft) in ten years]
    • Spread: 8 m (26 ft) / [2.5m (8 ft) in ten years]
  • Notes: The first tree in Britain to flower was in 1987 at Wakehurst Place and was more than 75 years old.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Flowering Season - Summer (June - August)

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