Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata 'Verdant')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: about 20 inches
Plant Spread: groundcover
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Location: Tyler Arboretum near Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-06-16labeled group
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Location: Tyler Arboretum near Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-06-16summer foliage
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PADate: 2016-08-07planted shrub along pond in wet area
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Location: JDate: 2019-06-09a plant in a pot with other pots of bog plants nearby
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 8, 2019 3:15 PM

This 'Verdant' cultivar grows about 20 inches high and forms a thicket-like groundcover. It was discovered by Richard Lightly in 1985 in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey in Burlington County. This cultivar holds a better shiny green leaf color in the winter than the straight species.

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