Agarista populifolia (Lam.) W.S. Judd
Florida Hobblebush, Tall Fetterbush, Florida Leucothoe, Agarista
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Andromeda populifolia, Leucothoe acuminata, Leucothoe populifolia, Leucothoe walteri
USDA Symbol: AGPO2
Florida-hobblebush or Florida leucothoe is a broadleaf evergreen, usually 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: FL , GA , 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.
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Research LiteratureReslit 703 - A Taxonomic Revision of the American Species of Agarista (Ericaceae) (1984) W. S. Judd
Reslit 896 - Agarista populifolia (2011) K. M. Mattson
Reslit 1147 - North Florida Landscape Plants for Shaded Sites (1992) F. Regulski and D. Marshall
Reslit 1501 - A Flora of Gold Head Branch Ravine and Adjacent Uplands, Clay County, Florida (1985) D. L. White and W. S. Judd
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Agarista populifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Agarista populifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Agarista populifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-13
Research By: TWC Staff