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Agarista populifolia (Lam.) W.S. Judd
Florida hobblebush, Tall fetterbush, Florida leucothoe, Agarista
Synonym(s): Andromeda populifolia, Leucothoe acuminata, Leucothoe populifolia, Leucothoe walteri
USDA Symbol: AGPO2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, SC Native Distribution: SC
& FL Native Habitat:
Wet hammocks & woodlands
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
PropagationDescription: Easily rooted from cuttings in late summer or fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Identification of plant with bell-shaped flowers
January 03, 2008
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants,
I am in need of a plant name to purchase. It is absolutely beautiful. The plant has light green leaves, the flowers that bloom look like bells (of course they hang upside down...
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National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || OBL || FACW |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff