The Rosy Dipelta

Dipelta floribunda, the Rosy Dipelta, is a large, hardy deciduous shrub with medium green, lance- shaped leaves. In late spring it becomes covered in beautiful, funnel-shaped off-white flowers with an orange centre and a slight fragrance. A member of the Caprifoliaceae family, it is currently to be seen in the South Lodge Borders at the University Parks.

The plant loves a well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade, and is ideal to grow at the back of a border – as can be seen at South lodge. In time, it will grow to around four metres tall. It needs very little pruning, and if needed this can be done after flowering in the early summer. It is generally pest free but a good mulch of compost in the autumn will help it grow. Propagate with softwood cuttings in early spring.

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