Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.
Search native plant database:
Eubotrys racemosa (L.) Nutt.
Fetter-bush, Leucothoe, Swamp doghobble, Sweet-bells Leucothe, Sweetbells
Synonym(s): Eubotrys elongata, Eubotrys racemosa var. elongata, Leucothoe elongata, Leucothoe racemosa, Leucothoe racemosa var. projecta
USDA Symbol: EURA5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This deciduous or tardily deciduous shrub grows 4-6 1/2 ft. tall and wide. Swamp doghobble or leucothoe tends to sucker forming a thicket effect. Delicate, white, tube-shaped flowers hang in single-rowed racemes from twigs of the previous seasons growth. Bright-green leaves turn red in fall.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, VA Native Distribution:
Coastal plain and lower piedmont from MA
to s.e. TX Native Habitat:
Thickets, Near lakes or ponds
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist, sandy, acid soil. Acid-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Blooms ornamental, Attractive, Understory Warning:
Ingestion of the leaves, flowers, and nectar
of this plant has caused poisoning in cattle. Humans should generally avoid ingesting any plant that is toxic to animals. Conspicuous Flowers:
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Native shrub to replace non-native azaleas.
February 10, 2009
I want to replace my two dozen azaleas this spring (I think they're unattractive once the flowers fall off). I like the multiseason characteristics of weigela (midnight wine, W&R), but want to go na...
view the full question and answer
National Wetland Indicator Status
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 Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
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:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TXMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff