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Rainbow Drooping Leucothoe

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'

Pronunciation: loo-KOTH-o-ee fon-ta-nee-zee-AH-na
SKU #05775
5-9

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Spring
Mature Size Slowly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide; can be clipped to 2 ft. tall.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Attracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Habit Upright
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Hedge, Ground Cover
Design Ideas Exceptional 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.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Holly (Ilex); Astilbe (Astilbe); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Painted Fern (Athyrium)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
Lore 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.

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