Chinese leptodermis is a tidy, dwarf, 1- to 2-foot-high, mounding shrub used at the front of the border or in a rock garden. The showy clusters of violet tubular flowers are fragrant and bloom late spring and intermittent into fall. May be difficult to find in nurseries.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet),
- Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A low mounded shrub reaching 1 to 2 feet high.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to part shade in well drained soil, pH soil adaptable.
Water in dry periods
Slow to break dormancy in the spring so wait for new growth before removing dead stems
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious insect and diseases.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Flowrs attract butterflies and bees
Bark color and texture
Thin, tannish brown
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, glassy, ovate to oblong 3/4 inch long, medium green, yellow fall color
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Fragrant, violet tubular flowers and tips of branches. Grows on new wood.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Insignificant dry seed capsule