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Leucothoe fontanesiana (Dog Hobble)

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Leucothoe fontanesiana (Dog Hobble) is a graceful, fountain-like, evergreen shrub prized for its gracefully arching stems. They are clad with glossy, lance-shaped leaves, 3-6 in. long (7-15 cm), with widespread serrate margins. Often emerging bronzy or reddish, the foliage matures to dark green as the season progresses before turning bronze to purplish in winter. In late spring to early summer, drooping clusters of urn-shaped white flowers appear below the branches. The showy flowering clusters, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), often weight the branches down, creating a lovely weeping effect. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The foliage provides good cover, especially in the winter. A desirable evergreen shrub for the shade garden. It may be pruned as a groundcover.

  • Grows up to 3-6 ft. tall and wide (90-180 cm). Will sucker to form colonies over time.
  • A part shade to full shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acid soil. 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. This plant is highly resistant to damage from deer.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Flowers and leaves are poisonous.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Massachusetts, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
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 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Massachusetts, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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