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Emmenopterys henryi

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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.
How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Small (4m - 8m)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Not Fussy
Special Features
Flowers in Summer

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