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Vick, Albert F. W.
Leucothoe axillaris (Lam.) D. Don
Coastal doghobble, Coast leucothoe
Synonym(s): Leucothoe axillaris var. ambigens, Leucothoe platyphylla
USDA Symbol: leax
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Coast doghobble or coast leucothoe is a multi-stemmed, broadleaf evergreen shrub, 2-4 ft. tall, with a fountain-like arching habit. Flowers are white, waxy bells clustered in drooping spikes. Branches are zig-zagged toward the end and the lance-shaped, dark-green, glossy foliage turns red-green and purple in winter.
In very humid areas, the plant must have at least six hours of sunlight to discourage leaf spot diseases. It will not tolerate drought or drying winds. Rejuvenate by cutting to the ground after flowering.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Lanceolate Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous Leaf Margin: Entire Leaf Texture:
Smooth Size Notes:
Normally 2 to 4 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Leaf:
Green. New leaves and winter leaves bronze. Flower:
Spires 1 to 3 inches long
Dark brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Color white washed with pink. Flowers on past years growth.
, VA Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from s.e. VA
Panhandle, w. to LA Native Habitat:
Wet woods on coastal plains
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) CaCO3 Tolerance:
Low Drought Tolerance:
Low Heat Tolerant:
Moist, rich, acidic soils. Conditions Comments: In
very humid areas, the plant must have at least six hours of sunlight to discourage leaf spot diseases. It also requires good air circulation. It will not tolerate drought, drying winds, or normal lawn overwatering.
A low-growing, shade-loving, glossy-leaved, evergreen shrub
well adapted to the moist conditions of the southeastern coastal plain. Use Wildlife:
Flowers used by bees. Foliage browsed by deer. Interesting Foliage:
PropagationPropagation Material: Hardwood Cuttings , Seeds
Description: Directly sow seeds on moist peat. Firm cuttings root readily when treated with hormone.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Rejuvenate by cutting to the ground after flowering.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || 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 Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff