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Agarista populifolia

Florida hobblebush, Tall fetterbush, Florida leucothoe, Agarista

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Agarista populifolia (Florida hobblebush)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Florida-hobblebush or Florida leucothoe is a broadleaf evergreen, 8-12 ft. high, with a lax, arching, multi-stemmed habit. Its rich, glossy-green foliage, tinged with red on new growth, remains green through the winter. Cream-colored, fragrant flowers are borne in profuse axillary clusters.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun


Native Distribution: SC & FL
Native Habitat: Wet hammocks & woodlands

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Description: Cool, moist, acid, fertile soil.
Conditions Comments: This plant tends to sucker and can be used for stabilization along moist, shady, stream banks. It can be maintained at any height with proper pruning. Agarista populifolia is considered superior to Leucothoe axillaris and L. fontanesiana,at least for southern areas, and is not as susceptibe to leaf scorch as L. fontanesiana.

Last Update: 2013-09-08