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PlantFiles: Leucothoe, Fetterbush
Leucothoe keiskei 'Royal Ruby'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leucothoe (loo-KOH-thoh-ee) (Info)
Species: keiskei (KAY-skee-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Ruby


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ambersunny On Aug 5, 2012, ambersunny from Asheville, NC wrote:

I am posting neutral as the final results for me are not yet in. I have a client who bought a Royal Ruby and before it could even be planted, it browned and died as if Round-up had been used for watering. I have since learned that the plant hates over watering... and that watering the foliage with "city" water containing chlorine will damage (kill?) it as well. In general, a sensitive plant which I would assume strengthens a bit after it gets established.

Negative bodeo On Nov 6, 2009, bodeo from watford
United Kingdom wrote:

I have had a Royal Ruby for over a year now and to my disappointment it has never flowered I have it in a large pot which I transfered from a smaller pot last summer the other problem with it is the end of the new groth keeps going brown which I prune of also some of the leaves do the same I have tried moving the pot to different position in the garden and it is making no difference please could you advise me how to resolve this problem
Regards D Booth


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

Asheville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina

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