- Common Name(s):
- Swamp Doghobble, Sweetbells leucothoe
- Native Plants, Shrubs
Leucothoe racemosa, commonly called fetter bush or sweetbells leucothoe, is a deciduous suckering shrub that is native to damp woodland soils along streambanks, pond peripheries and swamps from Massachusetts to Florida to Louisiana.
This plant sends out suckers to form colonies.
Regions: Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Leaf: Fall Blooms: Early spring, spring Nut/Fruit/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is highly resistant to damage from deer. Its flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other polinators.
Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: Although this plant has no serious insect or disease problems, it is susceptible to root rot and leaf spot.
- 4-6 ft.
- The Swamp hobbledog has pointed, alternate, simple, oblong to elliptic, glossy green leaves (to 2.5" long) that have serrate margins. The leaves turn attractive shades of yellow, orange and red in fall.
- The Swamp hobbledog bears fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers (to 1/3") in racemes (to 4" long) in spring and summer. Its flowers bloom in May-June. The flowers are followed by inconspicuous fruits (5-parted light brown capsules).
- 5 to 9
- Deciduous to evergreen
- The Swamp hobbledog grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in part shade. It prefers a moist, cool, acidic soil. It can be grown in full sun, but must have good moisture. Does not tolerate drought or windy conditions. Although winter hardy to Zone 5, this shrub should be planted in a protected location and given a good winter mulch in cooler areas.
- Spreading twiggy shrub
- Part shade, shade
- 4-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1653