Switch ivy

Leucothoe 'Scarletta'

Switch ivy - Leucothoe  'Scarletta'

Common Name: Switch ivy
Genus: Leucothoe
Cultivar: 'Scarletta'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: March & April

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Long slim glossy leaves emerge dark maroon, turning greener as they mature and then taking on lovely bronze and wine tints in the autumn. Although it prefers partial shade the leaves of this spreading evergreen shrub look almost metallic in sun. It forms an attractive dome of dense foliage and if kept low makes ideal groundcover in acid soil. In a pot it needs to be planted in ericaceous compost.

  • Garden care: Minimal pruning is required. Remove misplaced, dead or diseased branches in late spring.
  • Goes well with: Pieris 'Forest Flame', Enkianthus campanulatus, Rhododendron 'Homebush', Rhododendron 'Ptarmigan', Fothergilla 'Blue Mist', Erica x darleyensis 'J. W. Porter', Erica cinerea 'Stephen Davis'.