Eubotrys racemosa (L.) Nutt.
Fetter-bush, Leucothoe, Swamp doghobble, Sweet-bells Leucothe, Sweetbells
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Eubotrys elongata, Eubotrys racemosa var. elongata, Leucothoe elongata, Leucothoe racemosa, Leucothoe racemosa var. projecta
USDA Symbol: eura5
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , 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
BenefitUse Ornamental: 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: yes
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...
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eubotrys racemosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eubotrys racemosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eubotrys racemosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff