There is still plenty of colour in the deciduous canopy as we head for mid November.
Startlingly bright are the leaves of Enkianthus perulatus. This native to Japan is a small deciduous shrub, barely making two metres by two metres high in its lifetime. It has been observed growing in Gumma Prefecture, a mountainous, landlocked area of the country. Having a preference for moist but well drained soil with high organic matter content. In the garden it sits at the edge of a wooded area facing south where it regularly produces a range of red and scarlet leaf colour through the autumn.
With the mild temperatures and gentle rain we have experienced over the last couple of weeks the scent from the flowers is travelling far from established mature plants. During visits to gardens make sure you appreciate these seasonal offerings from the plant kingdom.