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Rainbow Leucothoe - Drooping Fetterbush
Emerging along the striking fuchsia-red stems the beautiful new growth is a wonderful mix of pinks, cream, and bronze while the mature foliage is deep green with white variegation. The leaves turn shades of bronze, burgundy, and red in winter. Get all the details below!

Rainbow Leucothoe - Drooping Fetterbush

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Rainbow Leucothoe
Leucothoe fontanesiana  'Drooping Fetterbush'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Leucothoe is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.




Special Attributes

Rainbow Luecothoe is one of the most dependable and colorful evergreen broadleaf shrubs for the shade garden. Emerging along the striking fuchsia-red stems the beautiful new growth is a wonderful mix of pinks, cream, and bronze while the mature foliage is deep green with white variegation. The leaves turn shades of bronze, burgundy, and red in winter. Drooping elongated clusters of small bell shaped white flowers appear in spring along the gracefully arching branches. A year round color factory! 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright to 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide, Rainbow Leucothoe is useful in the landscape as a specimen shrub, in groupings, or as a natural hedge in shady to partly shady areas of the garden. Rainbow Leucothoe offers a magnificent contrast of color when planted among darker leaved plants and trees.  

Suggested Spacing:  4' for solid hedges;  6' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Rainbow Leucothoe  is very easy to grow in organically rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. For best appearance and performance we recommend some shade in the afternoon. Maintenance is minimal except for a snipping here or there of a stray branch. That said, plants can be clipped to control height or to maintain as a hedge.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  5'
Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges; 6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Mounding, Arching, Bushy
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small 
Flowering Period:  Spring, Early Summer
Flower Type:  Single in elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Deep Green, White,  Shades of Pink, Bronze, Cream, Shades of Burgundy, Fushia, Red 
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Berries/ Pods:  NA
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered or Dappled Sun, Shade or Mostly Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silt
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  4.5 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect



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