Joy Creek Nursery

656-005D4   Leucothoe keiskei  

Leucothoe keiskei
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Although this is the smallest species of Leucothoe, it manages to bear the largest flowers in the genus. There is much to admire about Leucothoe keiskei beyond the nodding bell-shaped flowers, however. For example, the stems have a wonderful cascading rhythm to them. Their almost foreward-pointing leaves alternate in a zigzag pattern down their lengths. In addition, the leaves are like polished leather. The rounded lance-shape of each leaf quickly narrows to a sharp point. Then, during the winter, the evergreen foliage turns red purple, a sight that is especially lovely in the snow. This species comes from the island of Honshu, Japan, where it grows in the mountains on crags and cliffs. Good drainage with regular watering will keep this shrub looking good throughout the year.

Midsummer.  24 in. x 24 in.

White flowers

Sun, Part Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
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