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Leptodermis oblonga

Pronunciation: lep-toh-DER-miss ob-LON-guh
Family: Rubiaceae
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 1 to 2 ft
Width to: 1 to 2 ft
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • late spring
Bloom Description: Leptodermis oblonga produce violet-purple , fragrant, tubular flowers
Soil Type: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils
Plant Perks:
  • Fragrant
  • Rock Garden
  • Container Gardening
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Mass Planting
Pests and Diseases: Impervious to pests and very tolerant of poor soil and even drought (once established in your garden )
Propagation: Propagate Leptodermis oblonga by seeds, cuttings or layering
Native to: China
Winter Sowing Zones: 5 - 8
Notes for Identification:

Leptodermis oblonga is a compact mounding deciduous shrub with fine textured ovate to oblong foliage bearing clusters of lavender purple tubular like starry flowers. Beginning in june and flowering most of the summer. Growing 12-18 inches in sun to part shade.

The flowers look and smell like a dwarf lilac, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. It is late to leaf out in the spring, not breaking dormancy until mid may.

Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA

USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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