Keisks Leucothoe (Leucothoe keiskei)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 22, 2020 12:22 PM

This Keisks Leucothoe is the smallest sized of the Leucothoes. It is native to the island of Honshu in Japan, growing on moist shaded cliff faces. It has the largest flower clusters of the Leucothoe genus that bloom in July. Its young shoots are shiny red. In winter, the thick, glossy leaves turn purple-red. It is temperamental as a garden plant. It is a rare plant, sold by very few nurseries. There are some cultivars that display more red color and are more available than the mother species, as 'Royal Ruby' and 'Burning Love.'

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