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Fetterbush Eubotrys recurva

Previously known as:

  • Leucothoe recurva
Phonetic Spelling
YOO-bot-trees re-KUR-vuh
Description

Fetterbush is a  low spreading, twiggy shrub in the heather family that is native to the eastern USA. It grows in moist forests, granite domes, heath balds and bogs at elevations up to 5000 feet and is found in the mountains of NC. It generally grows 6-8 feet high and flowers before the leaves appear in spring. The white urn-shaped flowers dangle on arching one-sided racemes at the ends of last years twigs. The fall color is red.

This plant requires moist fertile soil in partial shade. It may be difficult to find for sale.

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Tags:
#bumblebees#NC native#pollinator plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bumblebees#NC native#pollinator plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eubotrys
    Species:
    recurva
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    U.S.A., NC
    Distribution:
    GA , KY , NC , NY , OH , SC , TN , VA , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Resistant to deer damage. Flowers attract pollinators, seeds eaten by birds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Round capsules that are flattened at either end and lobed. Displays from August to October
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Urn
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    One-sided recurving racemes of white pendulous urn-shaped flowers with 5 fused petals. Blooms from April to June on the terminal twigs of the previous year.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are oval to lance-shaped on short stems and 2-5 inches long by .5 to 1 inch wide. Taper at both ends, finely toothed and downy along veins and midrib on the underside. Fall color is red.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses