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Leucothoe fontanesiana is a shrub of small or medium size, evergreen, native to North America; to this genus belong some evergreen shrubs, or deciduous shrubs, widespread in Asia and in North America. It has a hanging or creeping habit, it produces long woody stems, poorly branched, which give the plant a disordered appearance; the foliage is oval or lanceolate, dark green, leathery and slightly thick.
During the winter months the foliage takes on a reddish color, very decorative. In spring, from the lower part of the branches hang several clusters of bell-shaped flowers, small in size, white or pink, delicately scented. Numerous cultivars exist, with particularly compact habit, or with colored leaves.
The most widespread cultivar is L. f. "Rainbow", with dark green foliage, mottled with yellow and pink. To maintain a compact shape it is advisable to prune the plant after flowering, removing about a third of the length of the branches.
There Leucothoe It is a shrub that has become popular and widespread especially in recent years. His trump cards were the posture, the good ability to adapt to the shaded areas, but, above all, the stupendous coloring of the foliage that gives brightness and a pleasant atmosphere to the garden at any time of the year.
It is in fact persistent in almost all the cultivars and its nuances range from intense green, during the summer, to coppery or bronze, from November until the vegetative awakening.
This acidophilus can be used in small or large green spaces, but finds no difficulty in adapting to life in a container, on balconies and terraces.
The Leucothoe fontanesiana plants are cultivated with greater success in shady or partially shaded position, however sheltered from the sun's rays in areas with a very hot summer climate. However, they can easily adapt to different environments, with less than optimal characteristics. They are a variety of rather resistant plants and do not fear the cold, so they can also be grown in areas where winter temperatures are rather harsh.
The ideal positioning for the leucothoe is undoubtedly the partial shade, perhaps with the maximum of light during the morning hours. In this way the plant will grow quite vigorously, but the sun will not fade prematurely the beautiful shades of its foliage. Furthermore in these conditions it is possible to enjoy an abundant flower production.
However, the winds are the most fearful enemies, especially the cold ones at the end of winter. They can ruin the buds in formation and compromise the growth of the vintage. To overcome this sensitivity it is advisable to choose a location sheltered by a wall or to surround the leucothoe with other essences.
The same rules apply in pots, even if an even more sheltered position, both against the sun and frost, is recommended, if we live in an area whose climate is extremely hot in summer or cold in winter.
LA LEUCOTHOE IN BRIEF
|Family, genus, species||Ericaceae, gen. Leucothoe, about 50 species|
|Plant type, growth habit||Shrub, erect and enlarged|
|Maximum height-width||5m / 3 m|
|Culture / maintenance||Simple / low|
|Rusticitа||From medium to very rustic|
|Exposure||Half shade, shadow|
|Ground||Forest land, peat, medium rich|
|soil pH||From subacid to acid|
|Use||Edging. Hedge, flowerbed, rock garden, vase|
|Propagation||Talea, offshoot, layering|
|Kind species||Clusters of white flowers in spring, scented||2 m||2 m||Dark green, narrow, from young purple-brown.||Rare in cultivation|
|'Curly Red'||Not significant||0.8 m||1.5 m||Bright green and shiny, curled. The new jets are red||Suitable as a ground cover or in large vases|
|Leucothoe davisiae||Kind species||White flowers in May, in large clusters||1 m||1.5 m||From the United States, rare in cultivation|
|Leucothoe fontanesiana||'Scarletta', left 'Zeblid'||Clusters of white flowers in spring, scented||2 m||3 m||Red, violet, bronze in winter||Wonderful colors, to be placed in view in winter.|
|'Rainbow'||Scented white flowers||1.5 m||1.5 m||Young leaves pink with yellow spots, then remain mottled in the cream||Gives brightness to a shady area|
|'Royal Rubis'||Scented white flowers||0.6 m||1 m||Coppery purple, then dark green||Suitable for vases and rock garden|
|'Zebonard'||Scented white flowers||1.5 m||3 m||Purplish red, then crimson, then green||Ground cover or small hedge|