Empress of China was selected by our friend and noted plantsman, John Elsley. Empress of China has an exceptional number of flowers, amazingly beautiful fruit and unheard of garden vigor. Glossy, leathery, bright green leaves average 3 inches long, and persist through the winter months, then slough off after the new growth emerges in spring.
The flowers open lime green and mature to a creamy white, and are so dense that an Empress of China in full bloom will stop passers-by. Once the blooms drop, they’re followed by strawberry-like red fruit that attracts songbirds for a late summer and fall feast. Empress of China can take the heat and humidity of the deep south, thriving in Texas, and living just as happily in Maryland. It prefers partial shade, especially in the deep south.
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