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Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Girard's Rainbow'
Gardener's Note: Gardeners in warmer zones can try Leucothoe axillaris, which grows in zones 6-9.
Arching, variegated evergreen shrub with cream and pink coloration to the leaves
Small, almost inconspicuous bell-shaped clusters of white flowers in May
Plant in partial to medium shade; prune lightly as needed in summer.
Plant in rich, organic, acidic, but well-drained soil
Height: 3-6 feet; Width: 3-6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 5-8:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; water regularly in dry spells during growing season; apply mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or very early fall; apply mulch after first hard frost; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; apply mulch in fall; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
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