broadleaf evergreen shrubs with bronze/purple/red leaves?

agnieszka(z8 Seattle)August 17, 2008

I'm interested in broafleaf evergreen shrubs that have dark red/purple/bronze leaves (for any light). Can you give me some ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Agnieszka

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Berberis x media 'Red Jewel'
Loropetalum chinense - purple-leaved cultivars
Phormium tenax Purpureum Group etc.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 2:08AM
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agnieszka(z8 Seattle)

Thanks bboy! I do have loropetalum chinese and love it! I didn't even think of phormium as a shrub choice but it may be a good option for one of the spots I'm thinking about. I'm not a big fun of berberis though...
Are there any other shrubs with bronze or red leaves that are evergreen?? It seems that it's much easier to find lime green evergreens than dark red...

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 11:04AM
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gardengal48

Rhododendron 'Ebony Pearl', Daphne x houttenia, Coprosma 'Roy's Red' or 'Chocolate Soldier', various hebes, Pittosporum tenuifolium 'County Park Dwarf'. And while not exactly shrubs, there are a number of perennials that offer this foliage color and are evergreen - various heucheras, Euphorbia 'Blackbird' and E. amygdaloides 'Purpurea', for example.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 12:49PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The barberry is spiny but when established and full looks almost luscious with its glossy leaves. The purple does not extend evenly throughout all the leaves. I think the only one that gives anything of the appearance of a purple smoke bush and various other all-purple deciduous shrubs is the loropetalum. Unfortunately, like various others listed here (Coprosma, Pittosporum...) it is not fully hardy.

The daphne (spelled houtteana) I have found interesting when seen occasionally here but have also noticed the comment (originating in Britain) that is

Subject to virus and now rare

--Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs (2002, David & Charles)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 2:28PM
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dawn8b

I have Leucothoe 'Scarletta' in the garden. Lots of colour all year but especially in the spring with new growth which is red.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 9:33PM
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plantknitter(8)

How about Psuedowintera colorata?
Not sure where you will find it though.
I'm trying some cuttings from mine.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 12:59AM
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agnieszka(z8 Seattle)

Thanks for the suggestions! Keep them coming! :)
I'm going to consider the barberry, rhododendron, Daphne, Pittosporum, and the Leucothoe.

Judy, you're right, I couldn't find Pseudowintera colorata sold online anywhere... I did find some pictures - it's one cool plant!

The effect I'm trying to achieve is indeed an evergreen smoke tree.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 1:32AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

If it's a good purple one (multiple introductions are on the market) you've gotten as close as you're going to get already with the loropetalum.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 11:11AM
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nwnatural(zone 8 PNW)

You can't have it! It doesn't exist (yet, anyway)! We would all love the effects of an evergreen smoke bush and in an instant gratification society, Mother Nature doesn't give a darn. You can't bribe her, she just doesn't care what you want.

What's so wrong with a smoke bush anyway. Deciduous trees add another form of beauty to the landscape. The frame and texture of bare branches is refreshing.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 1:05PM
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agnieszka(z8 Seattle)

nwnatural, nothing wrong with a smoke bush. In fact, I like them so much that I have three different ones!

I agree that bare branches add interesting structure to the winter landscape. When I design my garden it's all about balance. I try to achieve a balance of different leaf textures and colors, and a balance between evergreen and deciduous plants. Right now I'm just trying to solve the evergreen part to my garden puzzle :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 12:45AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Deciduous shrubs lack meat. Especially in plantings here in this soft climate broad-leaved evergreen shrubs can and should be used to make up the bulk of plantings, so that yearround structure is achieved.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 11:57AM
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plantknitter(8)

Ah ha!
Here is one to consider:
Ternstroemia, and apparently there is a bronze cultivar.
Mine is just green with some very slight coloration, I got it at Colvos Creek last year.

And if the evergreen part is more important than the bronze/red color, you can consider Drimys lanceolata and Daphnephyllum for their red petioles, Drimys winteri for the blue green leaves, Osmanthus decorus for very dark green foliage.

or you could spray paint an acuba.

Here is a link that might be useful: ternstroemia

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 6:13PM
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agnieszka(z8 Seattle)

Thanks for the suggestions! Spray painting is my favorite option, LOL!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 1:45AM
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rosa_mulliganni

Have you considered trying one of the viburnums? These are shrub/trees for four seasons! Some are semi-evergreen. Some have fragrant flowers. Some turn red/purple in the fall. Some produce edible berries for birds to eat in the winter. A few bloom in the winter!!! Enjoy the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: FineGardening.com Versatile shrubs

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 9:21PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Rosa mulliganii is fashioned that way and not "rosa mulliganni". As you may know the species name commemorates Brian O. Mulligan, who directed the Seattle arboretum from 1947-1972. The rose was named after Mr. Mulligan because he noticed it was a new species while working in England during the 1920's. So the name consists of mulligan + ii.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 10:05PM
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ok, while you said, "for any light", there are a bunch of evergreen plants that bronze/purple in the winter in sun. would those work?

mahonias, cryptomerias, sunshine blue blueberry. etc, etc.

i guess, you are thinking of non greens NOW. meaning, you want a non green backdrop to your green plants?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 1:55AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

There's also Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'. Again, not like a purple smokebush or purple barberry in appearance, but it does have purple leaves.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 12:14PM
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