Gold medal winner at international garden plants trade fair GrootgroenPlus2014 in Zundert, The Netherlands was Leucothoe keiskei ‘Opstal16’ from Boomkwekerij Ron van Opstal.
The variety was described by the judges as being innovative for its "narrow, elegantly arching leaves; that go dark red in autumn and winter. Handsome and compact plants in an excellent and original presentation. Good addition to the range of shrubs that can be planted in autumn."
This year's novelties included Acer palmatum ‘Silhouette’ by Kwekerij Van Son & Koot, Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' by Breederplants, Carpinus betulus 'Lockglo'by Boomkwekerij Pavia BVBA, Hydrangea macrophylla 'PIIHMII' by Joh. Stolwijk & Zn and Nandina domestica 'Selten004' by Jos Selten Boomkwekerij of Horst (NL).