Leucothoe axillaris

Dog Hobble

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Native to the coastal plain from Maryland to central Florida, Leucothoe axillaris is an evergreen, lightly suckering shrub that grows 2 to 4' tall and at least as wide. Its arching, fountain-like stems have pointed, dark green, shiny leaves that turn reddish, bronze in the winter. They are very handsome. Drooping, 2 1/2” clusters of white flowers are borne along the stems in late spring. They are very ornamental and are slightly fragrant. Coastal dog hobble naturally grows along streams or in swampy forests, so it can tolerate quite a bit of moisture that drains well. Its preference is cool, acidic soil, with partial shade and protection from winter winds. It is a member of the Ericaceae or heath family (think azaleas, blueberries, rhododendron). Use it massed as a low evergreen background or underplanting anywhere that conditions are suitable. Nice companions would include sweet and swamp azaleas, yellowroot, and most of the ferns.



Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to culture



Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover,

Light Exposure

Mostly shady, Full shade,

Soil Condition

Average, Organic,

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist,


full quart


24 to 36,

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late spring,

Typical Height





6, 7, 8, 9