First Editions® Coppertone™ Distylium

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Exciting, Attractive First Editions® Coppertone™ Distylium

  • New Growth is a Showy Coppery-Red Color
  • Large Leaves Stay Blue-Green Summer Through Winter
  • Petite, Pretty Red Blooms in Winter
  • Rounded to Spreading Shape
  • Free-Form Growth Habit
  • Takes Clipping Well for Formal Hedges
  • Rare Evergreen is Adaptable to Most Soils
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Also Handles Periodically Wet Soils
  • Grows in Full Sun and Partial Shade
  • Disease and Pest-Resistant Broad-Leaved Evergreen
  • Field-Tested for Excellence by First Editions® Plants
  • Cover Ground with an Easy-Care Mass Planting
  • Define Your Garden with this Low Hedging Plant
  • Excellent Shrub for Foundation Plantings
  • Stays Compact Enough for Placement Under Windows
  • Grow in Large Outdoor Containers
  • Deer Don't Tend to Prefer the Taste

Heighten the experience of your home with careful plant selection. Plants can do so much to set the tone and pick up the pace of your landscape design.

Good party planners know that details really matter when putting together a fun event. Now...take that concept and you'll understand why professional garden designers love First Editions® Coppertone™ Distylium (Distylium 'PIIDIST-III' PP 25,304) so much.

This broad-leaved evergreen stays compact and rounded. It spreads to a very useful size in today's small space yards, and the leaves are larger, which helps magnify the visual impact of its charming color.

Coppertone™ Distylium features eye-catching coppery-red new leaves that mature to blue-green. No leaf is the same color!

Call them your living watercolor paintings. Yes, the depth of the foliage color really is that splashy!

You will love these shrubs. Add them throughout your yard in low hedges or mass plantings, and they'll repay you a million times.

Prune them as you like. Let them grow into a naturally free-form mound, or keep them trimmed up.

They make an excellent backdrop for other perennials, as well. Coppertone™ is one of those lovely shrubs that stands out when you want it to and blends in when it must.

It is a member of the Witch Hazel family, which means it can handle moist soils, partial shade, and even mild droughts. It seems to absolutely thrive on heat and humidity.

You'll appreciate the petite, red flowers in the winter months. Honey bees certainly adore their very early nectar resource.

Also known as Winter Hazel, Coppertone™ grows best in full sun to moderate shade with well-drained soil, but it won't mind drought, heat and even wet soil. Insects and diseases aren't a problem, either.

This is a remarkably easy plant to grow anywhere you want a low-maintenance evergreen shrub. Plant some down your driveway or along your side yard to breathe new life into your home.

Replace your aging foundation plants with a well-behaved landscape of Coppertone™. Staples such as Boxwood, Cherry Laurel, Holly and Juniper have a new contender for your consideration.

Order enough Coppertone™ Distylium to complete your project today!

How to Use First Editions® Coppertone™ Distylium in the Landscape

Handsome, low-growing Coppertone™ Distylium will spread in a rounded shape. Use them to add texture, definition and attractive color year-round.

Plant a row three feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Add additional rows in a staggered planting pattern. You'll gain a mass planting that covers ground beautifully.

Plant a short row of Coppertone™ in front of taller flowering trees. You'll layer in plenty of movement, color and style all year with this easy trick.

Carve out space for several seating areas in your yard. Live large with plenty of options to enjoy friends, family and yourself.

The unmistakable, swirling and cascading growth pattern of Coppertone™ helps you tie the entire design together. Repeat its use throughout your yard for a consistent appeal.

Gain a sculptural look by leaving your shrubs "au naturel" if you desire. The planting becomes even more low-maintenance and it will look fantastic with a natural rhythm all its own.

Commercial property owners choose Coppertone™ because it looks amazing all year. They also won't have to mess with it, beyond trimming, if desired.

No yard? No problem. Grow Coppertone™ in a large outdoor container for your porch, patio or balcony.

Effortless style. Designer look. Luxurious living, with help from an outstanding plant selection.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Mid-sized Coppertone™ is seriously easy-care. Give them sun, or some shade. Afternoon shade is best in the hottest climates.

Use in low-lying areas that see some dampness. Once they are established in your soil, they can even tolerate a bit of drought.

While your Coppertone™ plants are young, give them a medium amount of water on a regular basis while your plants are young. Keep plants grown in containers watered regularly, regardless.

Apply pine straw mulch or pine bark around your shrubs. They'll break down to help the soil reach a slightly acidic state.

Prune in late winter after the flowers are done. Shape your shrub with tip pruning, following the line of the plant. Rejuvenate older shrubs by taking out a few of the older stems at ground level.

The new leaves will color up well with an application of an all-purpose, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. Follow the application rates directions on the label.

Even though Distylium isn't a deer's favorite food, if they are hungry, they'll try anything. Apply deer repellent on new plants when you have deer in the area. Reapply according to the label.

Order commercial-grade, expertly grown First Editions® Coppertone™ Distylium today. You'll be well on your way to the landscape of your dreams.

Take advantage of these marvelous, compact shrubs. They'll perform faithfully for decades with a small modicum of care.

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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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 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Coppertone™ Distylium Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Distylium 'PIIDIST-III'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No