Pink Sapphire Chinese Evergreen foliage
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 10
A very popular container plant that is very easy to grow; survives poor lighting and low ventilation; large green leaves with pale pink midribs, veins, and splotches, along with copper-pink undersides; only planted outdoors in the warmest areas
Pink Sapphire Chinese Evergreen's attractive pointy leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning dark green in color with pointy pink spines and tinges of coppery-bronze throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Pink Sapphire Chinese Evergreen is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and may require the occasional pruning to look its best. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Pink Sapphire Chinese Evergreen is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Pink Sapphire Chinese Evergreen will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Pink Sapphire Chinese Evergreen is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.