Leucothoe fontanesiana • Leucothoe

Leucothoe •  Leucothoe  •  イワナンテン  •  岩南天  • iwa-nanten

I noticed this plant while walking along the W path; four of them grow right on the banks of the pond, not very tall, maybe 2-3 feet tall, and blooming right now with white dainty flowers + new bronze colored leaves. I had no clue what I was looking at, but through elimination method came to the conclusion it has to be leucothoe; later comparing the pics on the internet confirmed it.  So now I know of a new plant, area V, pics below.

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SJG • 5/20/13 – Leucothoe fontanesiana • Leucothoe; Area V

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SJG • 5/20/13 – Leucothoe fontanesiana • Leucothoe; Area V. FLOWERS and leaves

From Floridata:  […]  The weeping shrub has long, lance shaped leaves on slender stems with almost no branching. It grows 3′-5′ high with equal spread, and seems weighted down by its burden of flowers. The white, fragrant, and somewhat pitcher shaped blooms are similar to blueberry flowers. Although it blooms prolifically in mid-spring, there is so much foliage that the visual display is not particularly showy.

Location: Native to North America. Evergreen in the south; semi-evergreen in the north.

From MonroviaRainbow Drooping Fetterbush • Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’

Gracefully arching, striking red stems with colorful, mottled leaves. Showy, drooping clusters of white flowers. Effective as hedge, or clip to make nice groundcover. Good cut flowers. […]

From wikipedia:  Leucothoe fontanesiana (highland dog hobble, mountain doghobble, switch ivy) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae, native to the southeastern United States. It is an erect evergreen shrub growing to 1–2 m (3–7 ft) tall by 3 m (10 ft) broad, with laurel-like glossy leaves 6–16 cm (2–6 in) long, and pendent axillary racemes of urn-shaped flowers in spring. […]

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