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Rollison Leucothoe

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rollisonii'

A beautiful U.S. native woodland shrub with a romantic pendulous habit and upright clusters of white urn-shaped flowers all along the branches. Ideal for naturalizing in the shade garden. Leathery leaves take on vibrant beet-red fall color.
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Good to grow! 7


Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationloo-KOTH-o-ee fon-ta-nee-zee-AH-na
LoreNative Americans made an infusion of this plant used to treat itch and other skin diseases.
Average Size at MaturityModerate to rapid growth to over 6 ft. tall and wide, spreading further over time.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasA beautiful spreading shrub for shaded foundation beds and boundary fence lines.. Add to borders beneath large shade trees. Makes a fine background shrub for floral plantings, fountains and specimen trees. Well adapted to southeastern native landscapes and wild gardens for that region.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitArching
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureFall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsLeucothoe belongs with other understory species of the southeast such as Carolina Allspice, (Calycanthus floridus) and more exciting exotics like Marge Miller Camellia, (Camellia sasanqua 'Marge Miller'), Orangee Flame Oregon Grape Holly, (Mahonia aquifolium 'Orangee Flame') and George L. Taber Azalea, (Azalea indica 'George L. Taber').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 7

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