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Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Catesbaei'
Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'
Fetter bush, drooping leucothoe; variegated fetterbush
Leucothoe fontanesiana is a broad-leaved evergreen shrub that grows to be 6' tall and 6' wide. It grows less than one foot each year though, making the wait until its maturity a long one. These leucothoes prefer moist, acidic soil and generally produce white flowers below their branches in spring. Their leaves also change to a bronze color in autumn and a dark shade of purple in the winter. Leucothoe fontanesiana has slightly longer leaves than its "twin", Leucothoe axillaris.
The flowers of the cultivar 'Rainbow' undergo a transformation themselves, starting as a creamy yellow or rosy pink color, and eventually turning to yellow or green. 'Rainbow' is also a more sensitive plant in comparison to other cultivars, but still capable of survival in cold regions. The cultivar 'Catesbaei', on the other hand, is a very durable cultivar even in colder regions.
Specimens of Leucothoe fontanesiana are growing in the West Entrance Garden on campus, near Old Westport Road. Hardy in zones 5-8
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