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Diphylleia grayi

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Item #: 5325

Zones: 4a to 7a

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: China, Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Diphylleia grayi is a little-known mayapple and fairy wing relative, native to moist wooded mountainsides in colder regions of China and Japan. Diphylleia grayi forms clumps of large, fuzzy, green, umbrella-like, bold foliage topped by small clusters of white, mayapple-like flowers in late spring. When it rains on the flowers they magically turn translucent then return to white as they dry. In late summer, the stalks of eye-catching cobalt blue fruit replace the faded flowers. Diphylleia grayi does not like hot summer temperatures so plant it in a cool moist woodland site.