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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 United States. 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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