• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 3½ ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks kre-NA-ta
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 3½ ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:White
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Astilbe (Astilbe); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Azalea (Azalea); Camellia (Camellia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers light, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable; does not tolerate hot, humid environments well. Best foliage color in full sun. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Prune annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.