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Disporum longistylum 'Winter Sun'

Fairy Bells

Plant Type:


Disporum longistylum 'Winter Sun' – Lovely name for a gently variegated near-evergreen woodlander. Irregular, narrow green leaf margins feather into a golden green-chartreuse heart. Its new glossy growth is solidly rich green trading no hint of the promise of things to come - the variegation emerges as the leaves mature. The variegation is gentle and soft. Cute white flowers in spring are but a passing, sweet bonus. Plant in fertile, draining soil and site in open to dappled shade where it will delight through multiple seasons. This is probably the same plant previously offered as 'Aureo-variegata' Established pot grown division.


18 in




(5b, sheltered)6 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Disporum longistylum 'Winter Sun'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn / into Winter

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Border
  • Collector Plant
  • Woodland
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • China

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Disporum

The Fairy Bells are fantastic woodland denizens closely allied with Solomon Seal and Bellwort. Stems arise and often arch as with their relatives providing an elegant appearance which contrasts well with other shade loverss. Flowers, too, are often showy occurring at the terminal tips of stems as in Smilacina but each floret is more in the appearance of the bell-shaped flowers of Polygonatum (Solomon Seal) and Uvularia (Bellwort). They all prefer fertile soil high in organic matter in morning sun/afternoon shade, open shade or dappled light conditions. The following offerings are established pot-grown divisions from our plants.