Coast leucothoe

Leucothoe axillaris

Photo/Illustration: 
Saxon Holt
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Coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris)
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Genus:  Leucothoe
This slow-growing weeping evergreen shrub has a low and wide form and oval, leathery, toothed dark green leaves. It makes a good substitute for boxwoods. Clusters of urn-shaped white flowers resembling heather appear from spring to early summer. Coast leucothoe is native to the eastern U.S. It thrives on slopes near water but not in water, on a dry slope without irrigation.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  A good substitute for boxwoods.
Care:  Grow in humus-rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Thrives on slopes near water but not in water. Do not overwater.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.
Problems:  Anthracnose spot, tar spot, powdery mildew, leaf gall, lace bugs, and scale insects. Can get leaf spot in humid areas.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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