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Leucothoe fontanesiana

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Drooping Leucothoe

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Drooping leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana) adds elegance to the shade garden with a graceful, cascading habit and glossy dark green leaves. This 3-4’ tall evergreen shrub blooms in spring with small white, urn-shaped flowers borne on drooping racemes that are somewhat obstructed by the foliage. Drooping leucothoe requires moist, acidic soil and does best in a sheltered location with at least filtered shade. It can be used in the shrub border, as a facer plant with taller plants, or to stabilize banks. In winter, its leaves can develop a rich burgundy color. Good companions for drooping leucothoe include Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum), yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum), Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans), and woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata). Zones 5-8. 

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