On the western edge of the copse are specimens of Enkianthus chinensis flowering in profusion. The bell shaped flowers are produced by the dozen in pendulous racemes, held in suspension beneath the branch on which they are borne. Looking up, the marked striations are red with a pale yellow background. The best markings are like varicose veins, deeply set and trailing. This deciduous shrub was introduced from China in 1900 with this plant originating as seed, collected in Sichuan Province, in 1997. Grow in a semi-shaded position and be prepared for the autumn colour which is spectacular.
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