Leucothoe fontainsiana--Drooping Leucothoe

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Leucothoe fontainsiana--Drooping Leucothoe

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Drooping leucothoe requires an acid soil. The soil texture can be a moist loam or a sandy peat, but the pH should be between 4.5 and 6.5. The plant grows in shade or partial shade and is 3 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide. The growth rate is slow but transplanting is fairly easy. Cut out some old canes occasionally to keep the plant vigorous. The white flowers are produced in early spring in axiliary racemes that hang below the branches. The autumn foliage color is bronze changing to purplish during the winter. Hardiness in Michigan is questionable.

Cultivars include: 'Girard's Rainbow'--leaves with variegations of several colors in the spring that are nearly gone by August; 'nana'--dwarf, about 2 feet tall, spreading with age; 'tribar'--multicolored foliage.

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