Leucothoe axillaris - Coastal Leucothoe or Doghobble

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Coastal Leucothoe or Doghobble
Leucothoe axillaris

Graceful, slow growing, evergreen shrub for moist, shaded areas. White to light pink, fragrant, bell-shaped flower bloom in early spring providing nectar and pollen for bees. The foliage is leathery, dark green and held on zigzagged branches. This is a great alternative to planting boxwood. It works well on slopes, in borders, foundation planting and as an underplanting for large shrubs and trees. This is an excellent companion plant for Rhododendrons. 

Fragrant spring flowers provide nectar for bees
Lovely, deep green foliage all year
Good alternative to planting boxwood
Branching provides cover for frogs and other wildlife
Excellent companion plant for Rhododendrons

Native Range

Found in wet woods on coastal plains.


Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.


Grow in humus-rich, acidic, well-drained soil with good air circulation. It does not tolerate drought or drying winds. It may be cut back to the ground after flowering to rejuvenate the plant, but it is not strictly necessary. 

Mature Size: 2-4ft. Tall x 3-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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