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Swing Low™ Distylium
Dystilium hybrid  'Swing Low '  PllDIST-IV27 PPAF

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b   Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Distylium variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

We're extremely excited about the new Distyliums and the new forms, texture and colors they provide in landscape design. Every once in a while, maybe once or twice in a decade, a new plant comes along that has everything we look for in a hardy and reliable evergreen flowering shrub. Very adaptable, Distyliums grow well in sun or part shade and will tolerate dry or wet soils when established, which can't be said about many shrubs. Heat and humidity don't phase the plants. We've seen no problems with insects and disease and deer turn their nose up to it. In landscape design, Distyliums are a great alternative for boxwood, laurels, holly and juniper in sunny to partially shaded home foundation plantings, landscape borders, and as a soil stabilizer on embankments and slopes.

'Swing Low' Distylium is a small-leaf selection with dainty blue-green leaves densely arranged on horizontal branches. The small leaves and compact, mounding form give this plant a more refined look than the species. A member of the witch hazel family, petite red flowers appear along the ends of the stems in the winter. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Swing Low Distylium is the lowest growing of all Distylium on the market. With its smaller stature to only 2 to 3 feet in height and a spread of  4-6 feet, Swing Low Distylium is an ideal evergreen shrub for use where a low plant is needed in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. It also works great mass planted on slopes and embankments where it serves to as a soil stabilizer for erosion control, or as an under planting for specimen trees such as Red Japanese Maples and other darker leafed trees. 

Spacing Suggestions:  4 feet for mass plantings and solid hedges;  8 feet or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

 Swing Low Distylium is very easy to grow in most any moist to moderately drained soil of average fertility and full sun to part shade. It tolerates wet soils better than many other evergreen shrubs but is also tolerant of dry soil conditions when established. We have Distyliums growing in sites that receive 4 hours and up to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day and plants do equally well. That said, the plants in more sun might be a little more dense. Maintenance is minimal unless you want a more formal shape or hedge, which will require some pruning.

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Distylium shrubs.

How To Plant & Care For Distyliums

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Spacing:  3-4' for mass plantings;  6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Low, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Red
Flower Size:  .25"
Flowering Period:  Winter/Late Winter
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Blue-Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun 
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sandy (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Consistently Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acidic)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect, Consistently Moist Soil

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