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Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium

Distylium 'PIIDIST-III'

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Coppertone Evergreen Distylium (Distylium 'PIIDIST-III') at Walton's Garden Center

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium foliage

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium foliage

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Coppertone Evergreen Distylium (Distylium 'PIIDIST-III') at Walton's Garden Center

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Evergreen Witch Hazel, Witchhazel

Brand:  First Editions


An attractive evergreen plant with emerging coppery-red new foliage that matures to a matte finish blue-green; in late winter to early spring, red flowers emerge along the older branches; very elegant when massed together or as an accent shrub

Ornamental Features

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium is clothed in stunning panicles of red spider-like flowers along the branches from late winter to mid spring. It has attractive steel blue-variegated bluish-green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Coppertone™ Evergreen Distylium will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features