Enkianthus campanulatus
Common name: 
Redvein Enkianthus
en-kee-AN-thus kam-pan-u-LA-tus
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous shrub, 6-8(20) ft [1.8-2.4(6) m], upright, narrow, layered branch habit.  Leaves alternate, simple, mostly crowded at end of branches, 2.5-7.5 x 1.5-4.0 cm, elliptic, dull dark green, turn shades of yellow, orange, and bright scarlet (in sun) in fall. Large terminal flower buds, small bell-shaped (campanulatus: bell-shaped) flowers in May, 8-12 mm long, subtle creamy, yellow, or light orange with red veins.  Fruit egg-shaped dehiscent capsule, 5 valved.
  • Sun to part shade, requirements similar to rhododendrons, definitely acid soil.  Several cultivars.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4      Japan
  • Enkianthus: from the Greek enkyos, swollen or pregnant, and anthos, flower, referring to E. quinqueflorus in which each flower appears to bear another inside it.  campanulatus:  bell-shaped (the flower).
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Ocean Administration. Building (26th Street and Monroe).
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    leaves and flowers buds

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    leaves and flowers

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    flowers and leaves

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    leaves and immture fruit

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    plant habit, fall

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    leaves, fall

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    plant habit, winter

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    dormant twigs, buds