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Cutleaf Stephanandra

Stephanandra incisa 'Crispa'

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Cutleaf Stephanandra

Cutleaf Stephanandra

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Cutleaf Stephanandra (Stephanandra incisa 'Crispa') at The Growing Place

Cutleaf Stephanandra foliage

Cutleaf Stephanandra foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


A dense, low growing shrub with thin branches arching to the ground and delicate foliage, small white flowers and good reddish-orange to purplish fall color; excellent massed as a groundcover or in a rock garden

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Ornamental Features

Cutleaf Stephanandra has attractive emerald green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring on a plant with a spreading habit of growth. The small deeply cut lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Cutleaf Stephanandra is a deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cutleaf Stephanandra is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Cutleaf Stephanandra will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Groundcover 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features