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Leucothoe axillaris (Coast leucothoe)

Leucothoe axillaris Photo/Illustration: Saxon Holt


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Leucothoe axillaris lew-KOE-thoe-ee aks-ill-LAR-iss Common Name: Coast leucothoe 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.
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
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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