Leucothoe fontanesiana
Drooping Leucothoe, Fetter Bush

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Drooping Leucothoe, Fetter Bush
Leucothoe fontanesiana

This evergreen would make a fine border plant in a woodsy garden. They are perfect for massing under large trees and are well suited to shady slopes. The fragrant, white flowers bloom in spring but are sometimes hidden by the foliage. The deep green, leathery leaves have a purple cast in winter adding another season of interest. This is a great alternative to planting boxwood. 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 forest or natural areas in wet woodlands and along stream banks.

Interesting Facts

The honey bee's wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.


Easy to grow in deep, acidic, moist but well drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Does not tolerate drought or drying winds. Needs little or no pruning, but may be rejuvenated if needed by cutting back to the ground after flowering.

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

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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