Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New foliage, at this time of year...


I've been worrying about this Leucothoe fontanesiana, throwing up this beautiful new foliage at such an iffy time of year (this picture's from the week after Thanksgiving) . The cultivar is 'Scarletta,' but this is the first year I've seen this dramatic color in the new leaves. Laurie bought this plant for its graceful, drooping shape and glossy evergreen leaves. When I told her I thought it would cook in her west-facing front boxes, she gave it to me (thank you, Laurie). I was right that it hates hot afternoons; when our mighty oak came down, I had to move it to a shadier, morning-sun spot. It's spreading and trailing slightly over our stone wall. And the foliage is holding up to the beginnings of wintry weather... so far.

3 comments:

Mary said...

Such a pretty leucoth. snow picture. People don't show that so much. Thank you.

Ellen said...

After the snow melts, let us know how those beautiful, tender red leaves are doing!

David in Greensboro, NC said...

Beautiful snow photo--leucothoe is one of my favorite plants. Wish I had enough shade for it.