Girard’s Rainbow Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Girard’s Rainbow”)

Girard's Rainbow Leucothoe

  • Compact Broadleaved Evergreen
  • Modern Cultivar of Native Shrub
  • Butterflies Appreciate the Spring Blooms
  • Fragrant, White, Bell-Shaped Flowers
  • Blooms Held on Long Racemes in Spring
  • Sophisticated Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Beautiful Green and Cream Variegated Foliage Displays a Touch of Pink
  • Coppery New Leaves
  • Glossy, Pointed Leaves Remain Showy All Year-Long
  • Romantically Arching Branches
  • Great for Partial to Full Shade
  • Easy Care
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone

A lovely small shrub that performs beautifully in shaded conditions? Ornamental features to die for? Yes, please!

Fragrant, variegated Girard’s Rainbow Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Girard’s Rainbow”) performs year in and year out to give you an elegant backdrop. Place several in a showy row to set the stage for outdoor living.

This gorgeous “workhorse” has cunning, pointed leaves that have a pretty polish and paint job. Variegated foliage combines green, cream and touched with a pink highlight here and there.

Girard’s Rainbow Leucothoe also adds a dynamic sense of motion to your space with long, arched branches that gracefully curtsey down to the ground. The leaves are held on long petioles, and catch slight breezes in a wholly attractive way.

It’s no wonder why garden designers rely on this special cultivar of a native plant to hang their designs upon. Carefree evergreen Girard’s Rainbow Leucothoe looks lovely in all seasons.

It is perhaps at it’s best in spring, when the long racemes of bell-shaped blooms open up. You’ll adore the fragrance…and the sight of butterflies and hummingbirds who come to visit.

Use a few as filler in large indoor cut flower arrangements. Tuck a few in a bud vase or two on your bedside table for sweet dreams.

Plant them 30 inches apart for a solid row. They’ll become a marvelous mass planting…or use them behind smaller Hydrangeas as a match made in Heaven.

Girard’s Rainbow Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Girard’s Rainbow”) Details

Common name Girard's Rainbow Leucothoe
Botanical name Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Girard's Rainbow''
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Slow
Height 3 - 4 ft.
Width 3 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Shade, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color White