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Leucothoe fontanesiana

Native Plants

Drooping Leucothoe

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Summary

Drooping leucothoe adds elegance to the shade garden with a graceful, cascading habit and glossy dark green leaves. This 3-4’ tall evergreen shrub blooms in spring with small white, urn-shaped flowers borne on drooping racemes that are somewhat obstructed by the foliage. Drooping leucothoe requires moist acid soil and does best in a sheltered location with at least filtered shade. It can be used in the shrub border, as a facer plant with taller plants, or to stabilize banks. In winter, its leaves can develop a rich burgundy color. Good companions for Leucothoe fontanesiana include Pachysandra procumbens, Polystichum acrostichoides, Rhododendron maximum, Erythronium americanum, Polemonium reptans, and Phlox divaricata.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Other Common Names
    dog hobble 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown