Orders for plugs and potted plants will ship the week of April 15th.

To request an alternate delivery week, reply to your order confirmation email.

Free shipping on ALL plant orders!

Leucothoe fontanesiana

highland doghobble add to wishlist

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

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, clay

Height: 3'-5'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: colonizing, deer resistant, evergreen, fall interest, naturalizing, shade garden plant, winter interest, woodland plant

Leucothoe fontanesiana (highland doghobble)
  • Leucothoe fontanesiana (highland doghobble)
  • Leucothoe fontanesiana (highland doghobble)
  • Leucothoe fontanesiana (highland doghobble)

Pricing & Availability


Leucothoe fontanesiana

Also known as:

highland doghobble


drooping leucothoe


drooping doghobble


drooping laurel



Scientific Synonyms:

Leucothoe axillaris var. editorum, Leucothoe catesbaei, Leucothoe editorum


Leucothoe fontanesiana is an broadleaf evergreen member of the Heath family. Individual stems can grow upwards of 6' feet long, but because they are arching the overall plant height rarely exceeds 5'. The leaves are leathery, lance-shaped, finely-toothed, and develop a rich burgundy color from fall through winter. During its mid-spring blooming period, dense clusters of creamy-white


Highland doghobble has a suckering habit and will form dense thickets in due time. It can be grown in full shade, but is at its best in a location where it will receive filtered light. It can be susceptible to leaf scorch when exposed to too much direct sun, especially when grown at lower elevations. It prefers moist, well-drained soil that is acidic and rich in organic matter. It is typically found toward the bottom of hillsides and ravines, and close to streams where it will receive consistent moisture throughout the year. Zones 5-8

Additional Notes

Leucothoe fontanesiana grows well in combination with other members of the Heath family such as rhododendrons and mountain laurels. Several species of ferns and sedges can be used around them as a green mulch. Phlox divaricata, Polemonium reptans, and Sedum ternatum are also good companion plants that will produce springtime flowers.

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 fontanesiana highland doghobble