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Plant of the Week: Enkianthus perulatus ‘Compactus’ (White Enkianthus cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.

Some of the finest fall color in the garden can come in a small package. Sitting in front of Glyndor Gallery and slowly turning more intensely-hued each day is this compact selection of the white enkianthus (Enkianthus perulatus ‘Compactus’).the-plant

It stands barely three feet high and five feet wide, but its fiery display of orange-red leaves, backlit with yellow-green buds, causes it to stand out in the plantings in front of Glyndor Gallery like a beacon.close-up-2the-setting


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