Plant of the Day: Drooping Leucothoe

Leucothoe Rainbow Arching Fountain Shaped Habit

Leucothoe Rainbow Arching Fountain Shaped Habit

©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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