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Cultural Details for Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'

Common Name:
Rainbow Drooping Leucothoe, Fetterbush

Growth Rate:
Slow to medium, 3-5' in 4 to 5 years

Average Mature Height:
3-6'

Average Mature Width:
3-6'

Flower Details:
Perfect white fragrant, slender-urn shaped, bloom April to May on 2-3" long, auxiliary racemes that hang down

Fruit Details:
Capsule, dehiscent, 5-valved

Fall Color:
Genetically controlled, some bronze, reddish-purple, or green

Bark Details:
Long slender with little or no lateral branches, green to glabrous and shiny

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Leaf spots, root rot

Native Habitat:
Southern Appalachians along streams in shade

Other Features:
Hardiness zone 4-8. New growth may emerge white, pinkish, coppery, and other combinations, a showy evergreen shrub when new leaves are emerging. Contrasts nicely with Rhododendron, hides leggy plants, covers shady banks, good undergrowth plant.

Culture and Care:
Prefers acidic, moist, well-drained, organic soil, will not withstand drought or dry winds, partial to full shade, rejuvenate by pruning to ground after flowering

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 43

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu