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Leucothoe fontanesiana

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leucothoe (loo-KOH-thoh-ee) (Info)
Species: fontanesiana (fon-tay-nee-zee-AH-na) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Jan 13, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a handsome broadleaf evergreen that is sold at larger nurseries in southeast Pennsylvania and can be found somewhat commonly. It is sort of expensive, so it is found planted most at more expensive landscapes. It often does well in the silty-clay or clay loam acid soils of the area, but it sometimes dies out, especially in new subdivisions, as if there is too much sun and wind or if the soil is not good quality. Two customers in western New Jersey told me that it grew so powerfully in their backyard acid, very moist, sandy soil that they were trying to kill much of it off and not successful. Jenkins Arboretum in se PA has a lot ot it growing powerfully in their woodsy landscape with acid, moist, silty-clay soil. I never saw it in my native northeast Illinois, except at an arboretum, where it struggled some.

Positive Terry On Apr 2, 2012, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased three of these today for a new area in our backyard that receives considerable shade. The clerk warned me they are rather lax in habit, but I think their pendulous weeping shape will fit right in with the landscaping I'm adding to this area.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Monroe, Louisiana
Baltimore, Maryland
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Croton On Hudson, New York
Tangent, Oregon
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Rockvale, Tennessee
Ashland, Virginia

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