15 - 20cm Leucothoe walteri 'Firestar' | 9cm Pot
A striking evergreen shrub sporting multi-coloured foliage and dainty white blooms
Leucothoe walteri 'Firestar' is a showy evergreen shrub that will certainly become the envy of other gardeners! It boasts glossy, variegated leaves that sport shades of green, bronze, cream, burgundy, and cerise too. The younger leaves will initially be deep red with white margins, before maturing to green, then bronze, and eventually red again in winter. Due to these qualities, this shrub is a must-have plant if you want a vibrant looking garden all year round.
- Supplied As: 9cm pot
- Height on Arrival: 15 - 20cm
- Flowering Period: Small white flowers in spring
- Eventual Height and Spread: Your shrub's eventual size can depend on both environmental and genetic conditions. (Up to ) 1.5m (5ft) x 3m (6.6ft)
- Evergreen? Yes
Your shrub will be sent directly from our trusted grower, based in the heart of England. This means that you'll receive a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day, and at your door the following. Our expert nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering, feeding, and pruning shrubs, and will do so until hours before they are packed.
All of our shrubs are very easy to grow (unless specified). Below, we address some common queries surrounding your shrub's care:
- Position: Most shrubs tolerate full sun or partial shade. We advise that you apply mulch when planting, as this will help retain moisture in the soil.
- Soil Types: It is important to avoid waterlogged soils, which will starve a plant's roots of oxygen, risking plant death.
- Hardiness: This species will remain hardy throughout most parts of the UK.
Please note, while the shrubs shown on the right are not variety specific, they detail the pot size and quality you will receive.
The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.
Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.
Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.
Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.
|Deciduous Or Evergreen||Evergreen|
|Common Name||Dog Hobble|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Foliage Colour||Green, Red|
|Supplied As||9cm Pot|
|Shop By Category||Ornamental Shrubs|