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Eubotrys racemosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, loam, clay, sand

Height: 5'-10'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: bog plant, colonizing, fall interest, naturalizing, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, woodland plant

Eubotrys racemosa  (swamp doghobble)
  • Eubotrys racemosa  (swamp doghobble)
  • Eubotrys racemosa  (swamp doghobble)

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Description

Eubotrys racemosa

Also known as:

swamp doghobble

,

fetter-bush

,

sweet-bells leucothe

,

sweetbells

,

swamp dog-laurel

,

swamp fetterbush

Scientific Synonyms:

Eubotrys elongata, Leucothoe elongata, Leucothoe racemosa

Description

Eubotrys racemosa is a deciduous shrub with an irregular open form. It has a suckering habit, creating loose, airy thickets, with individual plants reaching a mature height of 10' or slightly more. It produces multiple stems that are mostly unbranched. Each of which will produce several leafless flower-bearing twigs known as racemes, hence the genus modifier "racemosa". The flowers form 4" to 16" long rows of white dangling bells, that are very showy and unobstructed by the leaves. Although the foliage of this understory shrub can be sparse, it produces quite a fall spectacle when the leaves turn brilliant colors of red to purple.

Cultivation

As the common name swamp doghobble would suggest, this is a moisture loving species. It is found in low-lying areas, swamps and along water margins, up and down the east coast. It prefers wet to moist, acidic soil, that is not allowed to fully dry out. As an understory species, it will do best in full-shade to open shade. It will slowly spread by suckers and does not become aggressive. Should the shrub require pruning, this should be done after bloom time and before new growth develops, because the flowers are produced on old wood only. Flowering times will vary depending on geographic location, from April to June. Zones 5-9

Propagation

Can be propagated from seed without pretreatment. Easy to propagate from root cuttings.

Additional Notes

Eubotrys racemosa is similar to, but should not be confused with Lyonia lucida (fetterbush lyonia), which is evergreen, bears pink flowers, and is not as cold hardy.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: PA, TN

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ericales
Family Ericaceae Heath family
Genus Eubotrys
Species Eubotrys racemosa swamp doghobble