Girard's Rainbow Leucothoe

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Shade-Loving Superstar 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.

Order Girard's Rainbow Leucothoe from our shrub experts today. Go ahead and take all the credit for this hard-working showstopper!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Girard's Rainbow Leucothoe Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Girard's Rainbow''
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes