Leucothoe 'Rant01' FIRESTAR®

Leucothoe 'Rant01'
Leucothoe 'Rant01' FIRESTAR®
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
 small shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES ++multicoloured:white and light green and green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun to shade
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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In Central Europe leucothoe genus is a relatively new group of plants that gains more and more attention and admirers, including me. They are low or prostrate evergreen shrubs with leathery leaves and usually excellent hardiness. Various species originate in various parts of the globe – Madagascar, the Himalayas, Japan, N. and S. America. FIRESTAR® is a variety discovered by Ronny Antonissen from Boomkwekerij A. Antonissen nursery in the Netherlands in 2012. It is a natural mutation of Scarletta variety and patented as PP31897 in 2020.

FIRESTAR® leucothoe makes 4-6 cm long, ovate to broadly elliptic, falcate, evergreen leaves which emerge pale green with orange tones, mature to medium green with light green or almost white margins and delicate marbling inside, and turn burgundy red in autumn. No flowers have been observed so far.

It grows slowly into a small, compact, mounding shrub about 40 cm tall and wide. Being compact and low it can be placed among other shrubs of similar type (rhodos, azaleas, kalmias), it will brighten up a conifer bed, and make a statement in a perennial bed especially in low season when other plants are dying off or not emerged yet. Pruning is usually not needed but can be done in early spring.

Leucothoe naturally grows at the woodland edge or under trees which tells us that it is used to anything from filtered sun to deep shade. However, our tests proved that it lives happily in full sun, too, where it will show better reds if given adequate moisture. As an ericaceous plant it requires soil that is light, acidic, and constantly moist (not wet). If your garden soil is too heavy do not dig a deep hole but make a shallow and wide bed, topped up with a good mixture of peat, fine bark, and leaf (forest) litter. Mulching will secure soil moisture as well as protection from temperature swings. Slow-release fertilizers are advised. Its hardiness has not been tested under all conditions, but the plant is rated hardy to min. -23 °C (USDA zone 6).

Last update 28-12-2020

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