Emerald Cascade®

Evergreen Distylium

Plum new foliage. Tight branching. Sun loving.

A lush, dark blue-green variety with mounding, cascading, layered branching for borders or mass plantings. Very heat and drought-tolerant. Small maroon-red flowers bloom from late January through March. Evergreen replacement for hollies, laurels, junipers, and ligustrum. 

Distylium x ‘DISMD-15-18’ PPAF 

Plum new growth shows beautiful hues that add to the landscape.

Blue-green foliage is evergreen

Tight branching 

Beautiful form creates the landscape to love

New growth lights up the garden

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Emerald Cascade®

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Full Sun to Partial Sun
Average Height and Width
3-4' x 3-4'
Average spacing
Hardiness Zone
Zone 6B-9 (-5°F to 30°F) (-17°C to -1°C)
Soil Moisture
Well-drained, semi-moist
Emerald Cascade®

Features & Uses

Reddish-maroon flowers add winter interest

Great replacement for hollies & laurels

Easy to grow and sun-loving evergreen

Matte, bluish-green foliage

Heat & drought tolerant

Emerald Cascade®



Mass Planting



Development Story

Distylium has become a huge success in the landscape since the first patented cultivar introductions of Blue Cascade (‘PIIDIST-II’ PP24,409) and Emerald Heights (‘PIIDIST-I’ PP24,410) by Michael A Dirr and his work at the University of Georgia.

Development Story
Care and Planting

Care and Planting

Plant distylium on a gentle slope instead of low-growing juniper for a long-lasting, trouble-free flow of evergreen foliage in the garden all year long. Pair with shrubs in complementary colors, Ech® Peachy Keen Azalea, Baby Lace® Hydrangea, and Frostberry Delight® Rabbiteye Blueberry. Include a variety of summer-blooming annuals & perennials for additional color in the landscape. The blooms can then be paired with the unique foliage of the distylium to make stunning cut-flower arrangements.

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