Leafscape™ Little Flames Leucothoe

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Little Flames' PP #25,246

Even showier than its parent, this low, spreading shrub bursts into spring with fine, fire-engine red new leaves followed by small, fragrant flowers. The shiny green summer foliage sets afire again in fall, in deeper hues of burgundy-red. Maintains a compact, neat shape without pruning. Great for a low hedge, groundcover, or container accent. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationloo-KOTH-o-ee fon-ta-nee-zee-AH-na
LoreLeucothoe is the name of the daughter of Orchamus, king of Babylonia from ancient mythology.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 18 to 20 in. tall, 12 in. wide, slowly spreading wider.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasScarletta's new growth in springtime is an explosion of color, varying from deep scarlet to bronzy orange. The evergreen leaves morph into a glossy green for summer, then as autumn moves into winter the foliage takes on a patina of burgundy, bronze, or dark purple. Perfect for a seasonally colorful border or low hedge, ground cover in moist woodland settings, or as an accent in decorative pots.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding, Spreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Holly (Ilex); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Astilbe (Astilbe); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)

Prefers acidic, humus-rich, well-drained soils; highly adaptable. Takes full sun only in cooler climates; dappled sun to part shade elsewhere. Water deeply, regularly to establish root system; once established, keep evenly moist. Apply an acid fertilizer early spring; repeat after flowering. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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