Exochorda x macrantha

Exochorda x macrantha

Generality

Exochorda x macrantha is a medium-sized deciduous shrub native to north-central Asia. It has thin, arched, brown or red-brown stems; the posture is rounded and the adult shrubs reach 3-4 m in height. In late spring this plant produces numerous star-shaped flowers, of a pure white color; in late summer the flowers are followed by fruits, five-lobed woody capsules, which remain on the plant for months.

The leaves of this variety are oblong or rounded, dark green, shiny; generally they do not take on a decorative color before falling, while the fruits are very decorative in the autumn months.

For a better development of the shrub and to always guarantee a luxuriant growth it is good to prune it after flowering, removing the poorly developed or disordered branches.


Exposure

The Exochorda x macrantha it should be placed in a sunny position, preferably well ventilated, and with the base of the shrub in a cool place, even in the shade. However, it is a very rustic and resistant plant variety; in fact these shrubs do not fear the cold, and can bear temperatures close to -15 ° C.

In the event of excessively hot summers, they may need a slight shade to prevent direct sunlight from ruining the health of the plant.

Being a rustic plant it is possible to grow it in the garden throughout the year.

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From March to September water regularly, especially in the hottest and driest months. The Exochorda x macrantha prefers moist and cool soils so when temperatures are very high it is important to provide more water.

In the vegetative period it is good to provide fertilizer for flowering plants, at least every 15-20 days, mixed with the watering water. In the case of a new transplant, it is advisable to place in the soil some slow release granular fertilizer or mature manure that provides the necessary nutritional elements.


Ground

The Exochorda x macrantha prefers loose, well-drained soils, rich in organic matter, slightly acidic and which guarantee a correct degree of humidity. For this reason, in the hottest periods it is necessary to provide a greater quantity of water in order to prevent excessive dryness. At the same time it is useful to avoid stagnation that could be harmful to the health of this shrub.


Multiplication

The multiplication of this variety of plant occurs by seed, in spring, after having stratified the seeds in the sand and having kept them in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

If desired, in July-August it is also possible to take cuttings from the new shoots to then plant them in a pot where they can take root.


Exochorda x macrantha: Parasites and diseases

The presence of soils that are excessively rich in calcium or poor in bio-available iron can favor the onset of ferric chlorosis.

Towards the end of winter it may be useful to intervene with targeted products that prevent possible fungal diseases. The use of insecticidal products is recommended only when flowering is not already in progress to avoid compromising the action of pollinating insects.


Video: Exochorda Flowers