Leucothoe fontanesiana 'RAINBOW'

Leucothoe fontanesiana
Leucothoe fontanesiana  'RAINBOW'
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.6m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:cream and pink and light green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
LOCATION semi-shade / partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Quite new in our gardens, leucothoe belongs to the same family as for example rhododendrons. It is becoming more and more popular as a hardy evergreen plant.

Rainbow is a multicoloured variety of leucothoe. It has mid green leaves with rich, creamy white variegation / marbling. New leaves emerge bright pink and in autumn they gain burgundy red shades. Rainbow flowers quite reliably with 5-7 cm long racemes of pieris-like flowers. It dislikes direct sunlight. Rainbow may form long branches which can be cut in spring for compact shape and denser habit. As a groundcover, it is ideal for planting beneath taller shrubs or trees providing diffused sunshine, or in semi-shade.

It tolerates most soils but will be beautiful and healthiest in slightly acidic, fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Fully hardy to -25°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update 20-02-2009.
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Leucothoe fontanesiana height 20-30 cm, width 20-30 cm

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Leucothoe fontanesiana
Leucothoe fontanesiana
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