Leucothoe rainbow - Knowledgebase Question

Montgomery, Il
Question by MArilyn_F_Hi
October 31, 2009
Pot has no care/info tag. Other web info says 1-2' tall - HD says 3-5' tall. Want to ask Grower to have exact correct info. Only info on pot is PBS 1534 Leucothoe Rainbow #5 cont. GWN Bank, Or. 97106. Beautiful plant, want to do the right thing by it - esp need dimentions, light req, & care. Growers e-mail or 800 # best, as they'll have the best, correct, information. Thank you

Answer from NGA
October 31, 2009


Typically the plant tags contain information supplied by the grower. As far as tracking down the exact size of a plant - it really depends upon the growing conditions. Leucothoe 'Girard Rainbow' grows on average 3-5' tall with a 3-6' spread at maturity (which is usually in 10 years). This plant can be pruned to maintain a specific size. It has arched, spreading branches, grows best in partial sun, in acidic, moist, organic-rich, well-drained soils. The leaf color is white, cream, pink, copper and green with the most intense colors showing on the newest foliage. White flowers appear in the springtime. If information on the web is different, it may be referring to a plant growing on the fringes of its growing zone where it may struggle, or to a different cultivar - perhaps a dwarf cultivar.

GWN is Glenn Walters Nursery in Banks, Oregon. It's a wholesale nursery so I'm not sure who to contact within the organization but you can certainly try! Their phone number is 866-776-0774.

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