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Plant Details

Eubotrys racemosus [= Leucothoe racemosa]

Coastal Fetterbush, Swamp Sweetbells, Swamp Doghobble, Coastal-plain Doghobble

Scientific Name:

Eubotrys racemosus [= Leucothoe racemosa]

Genus:

Eubotrys

Species Epithet:

racemosus

Common Name:

Coastal Fetterbush, Swamp Sweetbells, Swamp Doghobble, Coastal-plain Doghobble

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamps, pocosins, streamheads, wet margins. Common on NC Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

"Swamp Sweetbells" is a perfect name for this charming shrub with curving branches and bright-white blossoms all in a row. Not readily available in retail.

Eubotrys racemosa form and habit.

This shrub is often seen growing in standing water.

image

© Will Stuart, 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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