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
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
Pricing & Availability
Leucothoe axillarisAlso known as:
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.
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
AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, VA
|Species||Leucothoe axillaris||coastal doghobble|