Cutleaf stephanandra

Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Cutleaf stephanandra (Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’)
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Genus:  Stephanandra
This decidous, thicket-forming shrub has attractive wavy-margined leaves that resemble maple leaves and have good orange-yellow fall color. Cutleaf stephanandra grows to less than 2 feet tall but spreads by suckering. Flowers are unremarkable at a distance, but attractive close-up. In winter, the rich brown, arching shoots draw the eye.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Attractive leaves, good fall color, arching habit.
Care:  Plant in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Prune after flowering by cutting back shoots to strong buds. On older plants, cut back one-third to one-fifth of old shoots to the base.
Propagation:  Stems root wherever they touch the ground, so separate them in autumn, winter, or early spring.  Alternatively, take greenwood cuttings in early summer, semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or hardwood cuttings in late fall.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Green Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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