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Coast leucothoe

Leucothoe axillaris

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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 CharacteristicsA good substitute for boxwoods.

CareGrow in humus-rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Thrives on slopes near water but not in water. Do not overwater.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

ProblemsAnthracnose spot, tar spot, powdery mildew, leaf gall, lace bugs, and scale insects. Can get leaf spot in humid areas.

  • Genus : Leucothoe
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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