Leucothoë walteri – Dwarf Leucothoe
(= L. catesbaei) (eastern North America)
Habit: Small shrub, arching, forms runners, 1-(1.5) m tall and wide; slow-growing.
Flowers: Racemes with white bells, May to June; slight scent of honey.
Leaves: Evergreen, oval-lanceolate, shoots bronze, then dark green and shiny, crimson-red or wine-red in winter, turning green again in spring.
Roots: Shallow, forming runners; sensitive to drought, does not tolerate pressure on roots.
Demands: Cool, light shade to shade, sun tolerated with high humidity and moist soil; usually frost hardy, sensitive to wind.
Soil: Fresh to moist, sensitive to heat and drought; needs acidic, humic substrates.
Hardiness: Zone 6b