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Leucothoe fontanesiana [=Leucothoe axillaris var. editorum, Leucothoe walteri, Leucothoe catesbaei, Leucothoe editorum]

Highland Doghobble, Mountain Doghobble, Switch-ivy, Drooping Leucothoe, Drooping Fetterbush

Scientific Name:

Leucothoe fontanesiana [=Leucothoe axillaris var. editorum, Leucothoe walteri, Leucothoe catesbaei, Leucothoe editorum]

Genus:

Leucothoe

Species Epithet:

fontanesiana

Common Name:

Highland Doghobble, Mountain Doghobble, Switch-ivy, Drooping Leucothoe, Drooping Fetterbush

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist slopes, streambanks, ravines, often associated with Rhododendron maximum thickets. Common to abundant across all of the NC mountains, and common in the western Piedmont. It becomes scarce east to the central Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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