Leucothoe ‘Zablid’ SCARLETTA®

Scarletta drooping laurel

Scarletta fetterbush

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Outstanding Qualities

Scarletta's new growth in springtime is an explosion of color, varying from deep scarlet to bronzy orange. The evergreen leaves morph into a glossy green for summer, then as autumn moves into winter the foliage takes on a patina of burgundy, bronze, or dark purple. This smaller shrub stays compact and symmetrical in habit.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: brightly colored foliage in spring and taking on deep hues in autumn & winter

Culture Notes
Plant in well-drained soil in a location with light, open, or dappled shade. Water regularly during dry periods.
Geek Notes
In the late 1970's Alex Zebehazy was breeding Leucothoe to create a new variety combining the hardiness L. fontanesiana and the dwarf growth habit of L. axillaris. According to his Plant Patent 5195 Summary of the Invention, "My invention relates to a new, distinctive and useful form of Leucothoe plant which was originated by me at Perry, Ohio. A breeding program was carried out whereby plants of Leucothoe fontanesiana were pollinated with pollen from plants which were purchased as being Leucothoe axillaris. However, there is the possibility that the pollen parent may have actually been Leucothoe fontanesiana var. nana. Also, following the attempted pollen transfer, the flowers of the seed parent were not bagged thereby making possible the introduction of pollen from an unknown source."