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Leucothoe

Ericaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

Good filler plants that are best used in masses; smaller ones are even effective in mixed containers. They have leathery leaves and clusters of small, urn-shaped creamy white flowers. Need deep, acid, humus-rich soil; well suited to woodland gardens. Keep out of drying winds. For shape and neatness, prune oldest stems to the ground occasionally.

Leucothoe axillaris 'Curly Red', photo courtesy of Trevor Sims/Garden World Images
Leucothoe axillaris 'Curly Red', photo courtesy of Trevor Sims/Garden World Images

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Leucothoe axillaris

Native to southeastern U.S. Spreading, arching plant 2–4 ft.tall, 3–6 ft. wide. Leaves arebronze when they emerge; theymature to dark green, then turnred in winter. Drooping, 1–3-in.-long flower clusters held alongstems in midspring. Regularwater. ‘Curly Red’ has red newgrowth that ages to apple green; leaves are tightly curled.

Leucothoe davisiae

Native to bogs and wet places in Siskiyou and Sierra Nevada mountains. Upright shrub to 3 ft. high and 5 ft. wide. Glossy green leavesare bronze-tinted in winter. Flowers in erect, 2–4-in.-long clusters bloom in early summer. Ample water.

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