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Eubotrys racemosus (Swamp sweetbells)
Stuart, Will

Eubotrys racemosus

Eubotrys racemosus (L.) Nutt.

Swamp Sweetbells, Swamp Doghobble, Sweetbells Leucothoe, Sweetbells, Deciduous Swamp Fetterbush, Coastal Fetterbush, Swamp Leucothoe

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Eubotrys elongata, Eubotrys racemosa, Eubotrys racemosa var. elongata, Leucothoe elongata, Leucothoe racemosa, Leucothoe racemosa var. projecta

USDA Symbol: EURA14

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Inflorescence: Axillary
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: To about 12 feet in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: 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 southeastern TX.
Native Habitat: Thickets, near lakes and ponds.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low


Use Ornamental: Flowers ornamental, attractive. Understory plant.
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

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 on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Eubotrys racemosus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eubotrys racemosus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eubotrys racemosus


Record Modified: 2017-12-18
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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