DIPELTA: Sowing, planting, cutting, pruning

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Dipelta, add a little China to the garden ...

Dipelta is a very hardy small tree native to China with the bark tinged with red. it bears beautiful white or slightly pink flowers with a bicolor pink and yellow heart forming irregular spots, and gathered in corymbs at the end of the branches. The flower petals are slightly crumpled and, finely and irregularly cut, much like the wings of a butterfly that has struggled with the elements to survive ... giving them a false air of fragility. The leaves when they are glazed, simple and lanceolate; and its bark "desquamates" by forming strips. The flowering of dipelta is relatively short but totally spectacular….

Botanical name:

• Diplelta Floribunda

Plant info:

• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: Lapsed
• Hardiness: Hardy plant (-25 ° C)
• Family: Caprifoliaceae, caprifoliaceae
• Harbor : Erect and slightly drooping habit
• Exhibition: Sun and partial shade
• Ground : all types of drained soil
• Sowing: Spring and fall
• Plantation: In autumn
• Flowering: May to July
• Rooting: Roots
• Cultivation area: Zone 6 (see rusticity cards: France or Quebec)
• Origin: China
• Honey plant: Yes
• Edible plant: No

Special features of Dipelta:

• Very many "campanulate" flowers in corymbs of about thirty centimeters.
• Watch out for gusts of wind.
• The tree is very hardy but only appreciates late frosts very moderately.

What advantages in the garden?

• Very floriferous.
• The tree offers only decorative fruiting.

What exhibition?

Sun and partial shade.

What soil?

• Any type of soil that is drained and not too dry.

Method of multiplication of dipelta?

• Cuttings and seedlings

When to sow the dipelta?

• Outdoor sowing, in spring or fall.

How to sow the seeds of dipelta floribunda?

• In medium pots, place a few cassons or clay balls,
• Fill it with "special sowing" potting soil.
• Sow the seeds,
• Cover with 1 or 2 centimeters of seed soil. (3 times the size of the seed)
• Tamp by hand.
• Water and ...
• Keep the soil moist until emergence, especially for spring sowing.

When to cut dipelta?

• Practice cuttings in summer, August or September.

How to cut it?

• Take an "Aoutée" or "semi-woody" stem of about 15 cm.
• Cut the bottom leaves leaving 4-5 leaves at the end.
• Place the cutting in a glass of water to restore the roots, (leaves at the top).
• When they have appeared and have already developed well ...
• Place the cutting in a mixture of potting soil, garden soil and sand.
• Keep the cutting under cover until spring.
- either you soak the part without leaves in 2 cm of cutting hormone and then plant it in a soil-sand mixture,
- or you place this part of the branch without leaves in a glass of water (filled with 3 cm of water).
These cuttings will stay in the shelter all winter to take root well and can be taken out or repotted the following spring.

A word from gardening:

For even more efficiency, favor the use of cuttings hormone, and follow the same method.

When to plant dipelta?

• Plant in spring, April and May, or in autumn september and october.

How to plant dipelta?

• Prepare the soil by working it to obtain a nice, even soil.
• The soil must be well drained, amend it with sand if necessary.
• Don't hesitate to add mature compost.
• Dig a hole a little larger than the size of the container. usually depending on the size of the container tree, the hole can measure 50 x 50 by 40 cm deep
• If necessary, scrape the edges of the root ball to free the roots.
• Place the dipelta plant.
• Fill with soil from the garden.
• Tamp well with your hand or foot without damaging the roots.
• Water

A word from the amateur gardener:
If you plant several feet, place them 2.50 m apart.

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• Watering: not necessary except in severe drought
• Flowering: Wilted flowers should be removed.

When to prune dipelta?

• After flowering.

How to prune:

• Practice shaping before it falls.
• Remove dead wood from inside the tree.
• Practice rejuvenation pruning on twigs over three years old to promote branching.
• Cut back the deflowered branches at the level of large buds.
• You can also above a young shoot.

A word from the amateur gardener:

It is possible to trim it to avoid too loose wearing. Some people like it that way. But its "nature" being precisely the loose port, it is advisable to keep this natural shape.


• Flowering occurs from May to June-July.

Varieties of dipelta:

• Dip. elegans Batal.
• Dip. floribunda Maxim.
• Dip. ventricosa Hemsl.
• Dip. yunnanensis Franch.

What to plant with ...

• Plant dipelta with Deutzia magnifica and its beautiful star-shaped flowers of a very beautiful pure white.
• Chionanthus virginicus, with a very fragrant white bloom and dark blue October berries.

Use :

ATa garden: Alone, or in a deciduous shrub bed.
• Without garden:
in large pot of 70 cm.

Photo by Michael Wolf picked up on Wikimedia.org under CC BY-SA 3.0

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Why add a dipelta to the garden?


The dipelta is an original small tree. it produces very pale pink or white flowers, but its heart is ao yellow and dense spotted pink, the flowers are quite large and grouped in a corymb. The tree is very hardy, easy in the garden. Find out all the information, seedlings, maintenance, cuttings with Our website


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  1. Soak the root ball in a basin of water while you prepare for planting.
  2. Make a hole twice the width and depth of the root ball
  3. Add some compost to your garden soil
  4. Position the plant so that the collar is level with the ground
  5. Fill in the gaps
  6. Tamp and water

If you are planting in a pot, do the same operation by adding a little bit of sand to your garden soil or potting soil.

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