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Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’ (Cutleaf stephanandra, Lace shrub)

Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’ Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’ stef-ah-NAN-drah in-SY-sah Common Name: Cutleaf stephanandra, Lace shrub 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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