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Leucothoe fontanesiana

Native Plants

Drooping Leucothoe

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Summary

Drooping leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana) 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, acidic 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 drooping leucothoe include Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum), yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum), Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans), and woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata). Zones 5-8. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • 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