Cinnamon Girl Distylium

The Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium is a new variety of a rare plant that has grabbed the attention of gardeners looking for plants like boxwood, but reliable in heat and humidity, and free of pests or diseases. This plant fits that need perfectly, as well as making an excellent low ground-cover, growing just 2 or 3 feet tall, and spreading up to 6 feet across. The new leaves are plum-purple, maturing to an attractive blue-green, and they are small and glossy, making a neat plant you will love. Trimmed or not, this bush is perfect for low hedges, filling the foreground of your beds, or edging a walkway.

  • New plant that is a perfect substitute for boxwood
  • Small green leaves on a broad, dense bush
  • Rich plum-purple new foliage
  • Ideal for hot and humid regions
  • Never bothered by pests or diseases

The Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium grows in warmer parts of zone 6 all the way into the hottest and most humid states. It grows in full sun or partial shade, and thrives in any soil, from wet to very dry, and of all types. This amazing plant is also free of pests or diseases, and it is a great low-maintenance bush that doesn’t even need trimming to stay neat.

The Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium is a new variety of a rare plant that has grabbed the attention of gardeners looking for plants like boxwood, but reliable in heat and humidity, and free of pests or diseases. This plant fits that need perfectly, as well as making an excellent low ground-cover, growing just 2 or 3 feet tall, and spreading up to 6 feet across. The new leaves are plum-purple, maturing to an attractive blue-green, and they are small and glossy, making a neat plant you will love. Trimmed or not, this bush is perfect for low hedges, filling the foreground of your beds, or edging a walkway.

  • New plant that is a perfect substitute for boxwood
  • Small green leaves on a broad, dense bush
  • Rich plum-purple new foliage
  • Ideal for hot and humid regions
  • Never bothered by pests or diseases

The Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium grows in warmer parts of zone 6 all the way into the hottest and most humid states. It grows in full sun or partial shade, and thrives in any soil, from wet to very dry, and of all types. This amazing plant is also free of pests or diseases, and it is a great low-maintenance bush that doesn’t even need trimming to stay neat.

Small-leaf evergreens have a unique look that all gardeners love, and many of them easily trim into neat hedges and mounds. Boxwood is the overwhelming favorite, but for gardeners in warmer zones it is a difficult shrub, often plagued by pests and diseases requiring control, and it can be particular about soil and nutrients too. Many gardeners long for something with a similar look, but easier to grow – a plant that stays clean, healthy and attractive all year round. Well it’s here – the Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium. Never heard of it? Neither have a lot of people, but it is soon going to be well-known, the way boxwood, holly or laurel is. It has a dense, bushy habit and the small, glossy leaves look similar to boxwood. Best of all, it is both drought resistant and able to grow in wet soil, plus it remains amazingly free of pests and diseases, so it looks clean and green all year round. As well, this attractive shrub has interesting dark-red flowers along the stems in late winter, and bright, beautiful plum-purple new leaves that look especially striking in spring, and that continue to appear after every clipping.

Growing Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium

Size and Appearance

The Cinnamon Girl Distylium is a dense, broad shrub growing only 2 or 3 feet tall, but spreading up to 6 feet across. Naturally bushy, this plant closely resembles boxwood or Japanese holly. The leaves are abundant and small, just 1¾ inch long and ½ inch wide. They are leathery, oval, smooth and a rich, dark blue-green color. The color is kept through both summer and winter, with no bronzing, yellowing or burning. New growth, in spring and through summer, is a rich plum-purple with coppery overtones.

Late winter can bring a surprise, when the branches from the previous year may burst into bloom. Short clusters of flowers grow along the stems, from the base of each leaf. These contain many tiny flowers which are red in bud and in bloom. The flowers are small, without petals, but they have a cluster of dark-red stamens, Flowering lasts for a few weeks, between January and March, depending on how warm your winters are. The flowers become inconspicuous seed pods and no dead-heading is needed. This variety does not flower every year – for more abundant blooming see our other varieties of Distylium.

Using Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium in Your Garden

If you are tired of bug-infested boxwood, or your soil and climate doesn’t suit them, the Cinnamon Girl Distylium is a wonderful substitute. If you have hesitated planting boxwood because you have heard of difficulties growing it, the you can go ahead with confidence and plant this great shrub instead. It is perfect for low hedges, and it can be kept as low as 12 inches tall. It is also perfect for ground-cover in the front of your beds, or for lining a pathway. Its broad spread means you can space plants 4 feet apart and still achieve a continuous cover within a few years – and save on the number of plants you need.

Hardiness

The Cinnamon Girl Distylium is the most cold-resistant of the new Distylium varieties, and it won’t suffer cold damage in warmer parts of zone 6. In colder parts of that zone, or exception winters, there may be some burning or dropping of leaves, but new growth quickly replaces it in spring. It thrives in all other warmer zones, enjoying the heat and humidity of summer in the South.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

Full sun or partial shade suit the Cinnamon Girl Distylium perfectly. Too much shade will make the growth more open, but this plant is quite shade tolerant. It grows well in virtually all kinds of soil, making it ideal for all gardens. It grows in wet soil, but also in dry soil, and it is very drought resistant once established.

Maintenance and Pruning

Like all the Distylium hybrids, this plant is amazingly free of pest or disease attacks – it feels like the phrase ‘pest-free’ was invented for it. This is such a relief for southern growers who often suffer from multiple pest problems on many common garden shrubs. You don’t need to trim – the Cinnamon Girl Distylium is naturally bushy and neat, but you can trim it into formal hedges and balls, just like boxwood. Trim in late winter or early spring, and again after the spring growth flush, as often as you wish up to late summer. Don’t trim later, especially in colder areas, as new growth is more susceptible to winter damage.