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Leucothoe axillaris

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

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, sand

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green, bronze, multi-color

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, evergreen, fall interest, fragrant flowers, hedging plant, shade garden plant

Leucothoe axillaris (coastal doghobble)
  • Leucothoe axillaris (coastal doghobble)
  • Leucothoe axillaris (coastal doghobble)
  • Leucothoe axillaris (coastal doghobble)
  • Leucothoe axillaris (coastal doghobble)

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Leucothoe axillaris

Also known as:

coastal doghobble


coast leucothoe

Scientific Synonyms:

Leucothoe platyphylla


Coastal doghobble is an urn-shaped, broad leaf, evergreen shrub. It is slow and low growing, rarely exceeding 4 feet. The shiny leaves are dark green with reddish-bronze discolorations that become more accentuate during fall and winter. Clusters of whitish, waxy, bell-shaped and mildly fragrant flowers appear on arching stems in late spring.


Native to the coastal regions of the southeast, Leucothoe axillaris is well adapted to humid conditions. It may be planted in full sun, but keep in mind that this plant is drought intolerant. It may be used to create a low hedge and is also a great foundation plant for use around a house or other structure that will protect it from drying winds. It may also be used as a visual transition around or below taller growing shrubs. To maintain a tidy appearance, plants should be cut down hard after blooming. Blooms April and May. Zones 6-9.


Propagate from seed or by hardwood cuttings.

Additional Notes

Too much water in combination with poor air circulation can lead to leaf spot. Though this species might seem to be finicky, it will be very rewarding if planted in the proper location.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


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 Leucothoe doghobble
Species Leucothoe axillaris coastal doghobble