Plant of the Day: Drooping Leucothoe

Leucothoe Rainbow Arching Fountain Shaped Habit

Leucothoe Rainbow Arching Fountain Shaped Habit

The winter foliage on Leucothoe fontanesiana, Rainbow, is as colorful as confetti, with handfuls of cream, yellow, burgundy and pink. It keeps its colors year round but seems to burn brightest when temperatures fall.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

This evergreen shrub features clusters of white or pink flowers in late spring. It’s also favored for its graceful, fountain-like form and leaves that become mottled cream and pink in winter.

Consider Leucothoe fontanesiana as a border shrub or for a woodland garden. Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’, pictured, can grow to a height of 6 feet and spread just as wide. It’s also deer resistant. Leucothoe prefers part to full shade and moist but well-drained soil.

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