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
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
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Eubotrys racemosaAlso known as:
Eubotrys elongata, Leucothoe elongata, Leucothoe racemosa
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.
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
Can be propagated from seed without pretreatment. Easy to propagate from root cuttings.
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
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
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