Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium

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A Winter Delight: Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium

A landscaper's best-kept secret, the Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium (Distylium 'PIIDIST-II') is a versatile broadleaf evergreen that will add texture and low-lying interest to your yard or garden. With leaves that defy gravity and celebrate life by growing straight upward, this cascading plant will have your neighbors asking where you discovered it.

As part of the Distylium species, this delightful plant is part of the witch hazel family. It is known for its perky blue-green leaves that blush from red to burgundy from January to March. Its matte leaves tend to absorb light which makes their color purer and clearer, giving it a multi-layered effect. Their silvery backsides are clearly visible from most angles since they grow directly skyward.

As it changes color during winter, its leaves redden around their margins and its sun-exposed leaves first, for a delightfully multi-colored show. When new leaves sprout, they emerge reddish brown. And because it's an evergreen, you can enjoy its foliage all year long.

The Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium's branches grow horizontally in a layered habit which will give your garden a fuller, denser, more interesting blanket of foliage.

Because it's not prone to diseases or insect issues, while also being heat tolerant and drought-tolerant, the Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium is a wonderful alternative to boxwoods, laurels, junipers, and hollies. It grows in wetter soils but does best with medium-moisture, well-drained soil. It thrives in full sun to partial shade. You can prune it to help it maintain an attractive and manageable size. If you live in an urban area, it is a great size to offer your tighter spaces a verdant appearance.

This broadleaf evergreen is perfect for blanketing your yard with rich and unique foliage. It works well wherever you may use a boxwood, but it offers larger leaves and the bonus of later winter flowers. That's right! It produces small, puffy, adorable flowers along its stems during winter. Its red flowers next to its green foliage create wonderful holiday colors.

The Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium makes a great border plant or low hedge. Take advantage of its attractive foliage and tough-demeanor by planting several in a mass planting or in your woodland garden.

Don't miss out on one of the gardening world's best kept-secrets for year-long foliage. Order your Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium and enjoy the perfect green backdrop to your spring flowers and its winter interest.

  • Disease and Insect resistant
  • Upright Evergreen Foliage With Fall and Winter Interest
  • Petite Attractive Red Winter Blooms

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Blue Cascade® Evergreen Distylium Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Distylium 'PIIDIST-II' PP #24,409
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Foliage Color Green, Blue
Pollinator Friendly Yes