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Rainbow Drooping Leucothoe

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'

SKU
05775
Gracefully arching, striking red stems with colorful, creamy white and green mottled foliage with scarlet accents. Showy, drooping clusters of white flowers add a nice touch to cut arrangements. Effective as hedge, or clip to create an attractive groundcover. A beautiful, natural woodland companion to rhododendrons and ferns. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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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. 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.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide; can be clipped to 2 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasExceptional foliage for mixed or shrub beds and borders. A standout in foundation planting offering relief where there is too much deep green. Add to planting beneath very high shade tree canopies or in groves. Good for highlighting a distant focal point.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Holly (Ilex); Astilbe (Astilbe); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Painted Fern (Athyrium)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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