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Trivar Fetterbush*

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Trivar'

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Trivar Fetterbush (Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Trivar') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Trivar Fetterbush flowers

Trivar Fetterbush flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Mountain Doghobble, Dog Hobble

Description:

This variety is a stunning varigated version of the original eastern mountain plant; blooms beautiful racemes of white bell flowers, makes a lovely tall colonizing groundcover with a splash of color

Ornamental Features

Trivar Fetterbush features showy racemes of fragrant white bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive creamy white-variegated dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Trivar Fetterbush is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Trivar Fetterbush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Trivar Fetterbush will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features