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Leucothoe Axillaris Mix


These attract the eye with their beautiful foliage which is at its best in the winter months when it turns to enticing, sometimes almost metallic shades of red, bronze and purple. There are some variegated forms including Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Makijaz' which is exuberantly blotched and splashed with cream shades as well. The fontanesiana forms have small clusters of white bell flowers in spring, but these aren't noticeable from even a short distance. They make good, quite low growing spreading shrubs and are often used for ground cover. Leycesteria keiskei forms are small and compact with red shoots and more noticeable white flowers. The Sierra laurel, Leucothoe davisiae, has pretty white flowers held above the foliage that appear in June. Leucothoe axillaris 'Curly Red' is a recent introduction with curling, somewhat corrugated foliage that makes superb eye-candy. It takes on red tones during winter. Leucothoe like acid soils though some will tolerate neutral conditions. They are shrubs for shady sites.

Colours & scent
Flower: White
Leaf: Brown, Green, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Variegated leaf: No
Scent: No
Blooms/foliage interest in: Spring, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen: Yes
Size & Shape
Note: The plant's growth rate and size will vary depending on planting position & conditions
Height max: 2m
Height min: 0.45m
Spread max: 3m
Spread min: 0.45m
Shape: Dome

✔ 23 items in stock
Code: 175410 Category: Top Looking Good Plants


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