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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Leucothoe fontanesiana (Steud.) Sleumer
Drooping leucothoe, Highland doghobble
Synonym(s): Leucothoe axillaris var. editorum, Leucothoe catesbaei, Leucothoe editorum
USDA Symbol: LEFO
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A multi-stemmed, broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-6 ft. tall, with a fountain-like arching habit. Branches often appear weighted down with the drooping spikes of white, waxy, urn-shaped flowers. Long, pointed, dark-green, glossy foliage turns red-green and purple in winter. New growth is often quite red.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, VA Native Distribution:
Mts. of VA
& TN Native Habitat:
Moist woods along the mts.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) Soil Description:
Moist, acidic soils. Conditions Comments:
Sunscald, leaf burn and winter dieback problems. In
very humid areas, the plant must have at least six hours of sunlight to discourage leaf spot diseases.
PropagationDescription: Germinate seeds under mist or a plastic tent. Semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings root easily with hormone treatment.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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May 27, 2008
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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 Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DEMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff