Leucothoe 'Royal Ruby'

Leucothoe keiskei ‘Royal Ruby’

Leucothoe

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Leucothoe keiskei 'Royal Ruby'
  • Common name: Leucothoe
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

The genus Leucothoe contains over 50 species, all of which are evergreen or deciduous shrubs. Like Pieris, heathers and rhododendrons, they’re ericaceous plants that enjoy growing in acid soils. Leucothoes tend to grow best in a position that is partially shaded.

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Leucothoe keiskei ‘Royal Ruby’ is an evergreen, low-growing cultivar, primarily grown for its glossy foliage, which ranges from green to rich ruby-red. The colour is enhanced by cold weather, so it’s ideal for providing winter interest in the garden. In spring, clusters of small, white, fragrant flowers are produced.

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For best results, grow Leucothoe keiskei ‘Royal Ruby’ in full sun or partial shade, in a moist but well-drained, acidic soil. Mulch annually with well-rotted pine needles – be extra generous if growing in full sun to ensure the soil doesn’t dry out.

How to grow Leucothoe 'Royal Ruby'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    1.2m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do Take cuttings in November

Do Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do Prune in March

Do Prune in April

Do Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Leucothoe 'Royal Ruby' and wildlife

Leucothoe 'Royal Ruby' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Leucothoe 'Royal Ruby' poisonous?

Leucothoe 'Royal Ruby' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to Livestock

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

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