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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