Chinese Neillia (Neillia sinensis)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 5 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 21, 2019 10:00 AM

This Chinese Neillia is a rare shrub to be found in the USA that is native to central China. It is a member of the Rose Family (Rosaceae). I've only seen one specimen grown in the backyard of my biggest customer in southeast Pennsylvania, who likes to collect some rare and uncommon plants. It is grown in some arboretums and botanical gardens. It is offered by a few specialty nurseries. It is much like the Common Ninebark (Physocarpos) of eastern North America that is also in the Rose Family, with similar leaves and stems, but very different nodding raceme clusters of small, pink, tubular flowers. It is not strongly floriferous. I've never seen a good fall color here. It is a nice, clean, basically neat, upright shrub that ground suckers some. Its scientific name comes from being named in honour of Patrick Neill, a Scottish naturalist of the late 18th century to the mid-19th century; "sinensis" means "of China."

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