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Eubotrys racemosa (Swamp doghobble)
Cressler, Alan

Eubotrys racemosa

Eubotrys racemosa (L.) Nutt., orth. var.

Swamp doghobble, Sweet-bells Leucothe, Fetter-bush, Leucothoe, Sweetbells

Ericaceae (Heath Family)


USDA Symbol: EURA5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Brown
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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


Use 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

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:

ArcheWild Native Nurseries - Quakertown, PA

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


Record Modified: 2015-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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