Silver leaf

Leucophyllum frutescens

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of David Winningham
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Silver leaf (Leucophyllum frutescens)
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Genus:  Leucophyllum
Silver leaf is a flowering evergreen shrub with arching branches and woolly, silvery gray leaves. In summer, it bears solitary, bell-shaped rose-purple flowers an inch across.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Useful as hedging and in seaside plantings.
Care:  Grow in poor, sandy soil and full sun.
Propagation:  Sow seed in situ in spring or take greenwood cuttings in early summer.
Problems:  Stem rot, galls, powdery mildew, scale insects, and root rots.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry
Characteristics
Native
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink,
Purple
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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