avoid invasive plants Barberry Alternative: Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana)
Photo: Doreen Wynja
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Barberry Alternative: Leucothoe

(Leucothoe fontanesiana)

Why it's a standout: This underused native shines with mostly glossy evergreen leaves that deer rarely sample. 'Rainbow' (shown) is a variegated variety that grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide, while 'Scarletta' is a spectacular red-leaved shrub that's up to 2 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Both flaunt white blooms in spring.
What it needs: Full to partial shade; prefers moist, acidic soil
Zones: 5 to 9
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