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Leucothoe 'Rainbow'

Leucothoe 'Rainbow' is a shrub that prefers moist acid soil that is rich in organic matter. Being a plant of woodland, it also likes a degree of shade. Growing to a height of about four to six feet with a similar spread, the plant has lance shaped green leaves streaked with a gentle yellow. In autumn and winter, however, these leaves change dramatically to a burgundy or maroon colour, the coloration being most pronounced on plants growing in an exposed position. Rimmed with frost in my garden, the leaves take on the appearance of coloured crystal glass. As a bonus, the plant also bears arching or dangling sprays of cream lily of the valley shaped flowers in spring, not unlike those of the Pieris japonica.

Copyright A Walsh 2002-2007