It’s evergreen, so the color is nice to have in winter as well. I only wish I had given it more space — the clump is probably three feet tall by twelve feet wide and encroaching on the Geranium macrorrhizum and Cimicifuga ‘White Pearl’ (that’s right, I called it a Cimicifuga, you taxonomic heathens).
It did so well that I went on a Leucothoe kick in 2002/2003. I bought L. fontanesiana ‘Nana’, L. keiskei, L. keiskei ‘Royal Ruby’, and L. racemosa. Of all of those, only L.keiskei survived and continues to limp along under the shade of a cedar..
But maybe I’ll have to try again. I really do like this genus.