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Gillenia trifoliata

AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

Last year I grew Gillenia trifoliata for the first time.  I found it a part shade situation in a moist but reasonably well drained area nearby an healthy Enkianthus so presumed the soil was suitable since it prefers an acid to neutral ph.

I thought I had lost it since it had not returned this year or so I thought!  Around 6 weeks ago I was about to fill the gap left by it's demise and whilst digging a receiving hole I found that just below the surface the Gillenia was showing signs of life. I lifted it and potted it on in the hope it would recover.  It has now made some top growth and although I doubt it will flower now I would like to find it a more suitable spot.  

My question is whether or not the Gillenia is just naturally a slow starter or was it my fault by choosing the wrong spot for it?  Here in my Edinburgh garden some deciduous shrubs can be slow to get going but I've not yet come across a perennial that takes well into July to appear.

Does anyone else grow this plant and care to share their observations or comments?

Thank you.



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,821

    Hi Angi. I bought one of these this year having seen Monty Don talking about it and planting one in his garden. It was fairly tall when I planted it out (45cm) - in a large pot at the moment - so I won't really know how it does until next year.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

    Thanks Ladybird.  Mine's was rather large when I bought it last year too.  At the moment it's no taller than 6 inches.  It will be a case of trial and error I think.   

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991

    Mine did about the same, I'd forgotten about it. RIP

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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