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Eubotrys racemosus (Swamp Doghobble)

Swamp Sweetbells, Swamp Doghobble, Sweetbells Leucothoe, Sweetbells, Deciduous Swamp Fetterbush, Coastal Fetterbush, Swamp Leucothoe, Eubotrys elongata, Eubotrys racemosa, Eubotrys racemosa var. elongata, Leucothoe elongata, Leucothoe racemosa, Leucothoe racemosa var. projecta


Eubotrys racemosus (Swamp Doghobble) is a widely branched, prostrate to erect, deciduous shrub. Its shiny stems are clad with thin, smooth, pointed leaves, 1-3 in. long (2-7 cm), which turn attractive shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. In spring to early fall, drooping clusters of urn-shaped, fragrant, white flowers appear at the tips of the branches. The showy flowering clusters, up to 3-4 in. long (7-10 cm), often weight the branches down, creating a lovely weeping effect. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The blossoms give way to five-part capsules that persist over the winter. Swamp Doghobble grows on a variety of sites in the coastal plains of the southeastern United States, but is restricted to climates with mild winters and long, hot, humid summers. A desirable shrub for the shade garden, slopes, bank stabilization, borders, foundations. Will sucker to form colonies over time.

  • Grows up to 3-6 ft. tall and wide (90-180 cm). May grow up to 12 ft. tall (360 cm).
  • A part shade to full shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acid soil. Can be grown in full sun, but must have excellent moisture. Dog Hobble does not tolerate drought or windy conditions.
  • Perfect for shrub borders, for banks and slopes, woodland gardens or cottage gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is generally disease and pest free. Keep an eye out for root rot and leaf spot. Deer resistant.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by seed and root cuttings.
  • Ingestion of the leaves, flowers, and nectar has caused poisoning in animals and cattle.
  • Swamp Doghobble is widely distributed throughout the Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States from eastern Massachusetts to southern Florida and west through the Gulf States to southeastern Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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