• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:loo-KOTH-o-ee fon-ta-nee-zee-AH-na
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Mounding, Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Holly (Ilex); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Astilbe (Astilbe); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Space 2 to 3 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Feed with an acid fertilizer early spring; repeat after flowering. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: winter.
    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 shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Leucothoe is the name of the daughter of Orchamus, king of Babylonia from ancient mythology. This genus of ericaceous plants includes over forty species throughout the Americas and eastern Asia. This species was first introduced in 1793. This species is native to North American and habits a range covering Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.
    Lore:
    Leucothoe is the name of the daughter of Orchamus, king of Babylonia from ancient mythology.

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