Leucothoe 'Rainbow'

Leucothoe 'Rainbow'

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Variegated leaves, a pendulous habit, and white blossoms all make this fetterbush a fantastic shrub
SKU 34955
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

5 Feet

Mature Width

5 Feet

Sun / Shade

Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained, Wet

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Leucothoe 'Rainbow'

A cultivar of L. fontanesiana, Leucothoe 'Rainbow' is a native of the United States, with a natural habitat including Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. Accordingly, this shrub is very easy to grow throughout the South. In cooler climates, keep it sheltered through the winter, and in hot, dry climates, be sure to keep it moist through the summer.

Provided you protect it from the weather's worst, Leucothoe 'Rainbow' is actually quite an easy and enduring perennial. It is evergreen and highly deer resistant, meaning you get to see that lovely red, green, and white variegated foliage all year long. And you can trim it as much or as little as you want, and it will keep on growing slow and steady.

This versatile plant can adapt to your needs. Leucothoe 'Rainbow' naturally grows 3 to 5 feet high, making it an excellent choice for a hedge. For containers or more compact spaces, this slow grower can easily be trimmed to keep it under 18 inches tall. In a foundation, border, or shrub bed, Leucothoe 'Rainbow' adds a colorful accent amongst all the green. Plant it in the shade of a specimen tree like Japanese Maple, and it will draw eyes to that tree even from far away.

Plant 'Rainbow' in partial sun in soil with good moisture. It likes frequent watering, especially in times of extreme heat. A good layer of mulch is useful for keeping the roots cool and moist.

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Genus Leucothoe
Species fontanesiana
Variety 'Rainbow'
Product Classification Shrubs
Habit Weeping
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Part Shade
Bloom Color White
Bloom Season Start Mid Spring
Foliage Color Cream, Medium Green, Red, Variegated, White
Resistance Deer Resistance, Pest Resistant
Special Features Evergreen, Flower, Pest Fighter
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI

Customer Reviews

Hardy and beautiful addition to a shady area
Review by Wynmoor
The plant arrived in great shape, and I was delayed in planting it for over a week, but kept it out of the sun and watered properly. I planted it in an area with high shade that gets little to no sun. The soil is clay heavy with compost amending, and has a layer of mulch. The shrub has grown and performed beautifully in one season. Such a nice color addition to a mostly green area. I intended to order more of them, and was disappointed to see they are sold out. Not really a surprise!

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