Parent: Agarista populifolia
Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: 3 to 5' tall, 2 to 3' wide (probably 4' x 4')
Growth Rate: Fast
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Bright green foliage and a compact, dense growth habit. New foliage has a bronze color and an undulating form which flattens with age - slightly smaller foliage than the species. White, bell-shaped fragrant flowers. Moist well-drained rich soil preferred. Good for foundation plantings or an informal hedge.
Originally named 'Taylor's Treasure' but distributed as 'Leprechaun™.'
From patent application (inventor: Taylor, David William (Semmes, AL), application date: 06/25/2001):
This new Agarista variety was discovered by David W. Taylor in the summer of 1995 as an openly pollinated seedling in a group of unnamed, unpatented Agarista populifolia plants at Taylor's Nursery in Semmes, Ala. The value of this new cultivar lies in its unique compact growth habit and attractive reddish-bronze undulate shaped immature foliage. 'Taylor's Treasure' has retained many of the outstanding attributes of the parent species, in particular its tolerance of insects and disease which makes it adaptable to culture in the Sunbelt states.
I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in October 2009 and planted it inside the pool fence in a slightly wet spot in the Around The Pool garden. I was told that this cultivar would probably tolerate full sun and so far it has done. It has grown, but not rapidly and the foliage has stayed bright. Strongly recommended.