Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ -- Rainbow Leucothoe

Common Name

Rainbow Leucothoe

Origin

Nurery

Family

Ericaceae

Type

Broadleaf Evergreen

ID Features

Ziz zag twigs; urn shaped flowers and variegated leaves

Size

Mature: 4-6’ Height; 8-12’ Spread

Landscape: 2-3’ Height; 3-4’ Spread

Growth rate: Moderate

Form

Arching, multi stemmed; wider than tall

habit photo
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ habit

Bark & Branches

Twigs yellow green

Foliage

Lanceolate; 2-4” long; 1-2” wide; serrate dark green with cream and pink variegations

foliage photo
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ foliage

Flowers

Hanging clusters on terminal ends of branches; flowers Feburary through March; flowers white ¼” urns

Fruit

Small oval brown fruit; 3/16” long

Cultural considerations

Hardiness

Sunset: 4-7; 5-15

USDA: 6-9

Exposure

Afternoon shade to heavy shade

Soil

Organic slightly acid soil

Water

Regular irrigatin

Pruning

Tip prune to control size and shape; remove oldest stems

Propagation

Cuttings

Use

Specimen shrub

Other

Can get leggy; sometimes fussy

Links

OSU -- Wikipedia

Credits

Photos taken by Jeff Kidder on the PCC Rock Creek campus, unless noted to the contrary.

Much of the text in the plant info was taken from handouts in the Evergreen Plant ID course.