Agarista populifolia (Lam.) Judd

Florida Hobblebush, Pipestem, Florida Leucothoe




Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Agarista

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 8 to 12' tall, 5 to 10' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Alternate, simple, glossy, dark green leaves. New growth is bronze to purplish. White, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers hanging down from stems in spring (look similar to Lily of the Valley flowers). Habit is "lax, arching and multi-stemmed" (Dirr). Moist soil or regular watering.


Native to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.


Naturally found in swamps as an understory plant from Southeast SC to FL.

Introduced to western gardens in 1765.

The name 'Pipestem' comes from the partly hollow stems of the plant.

Published in J. Arnold Arbor. 60: 495 in 1979.

Basionym is Andromeda populifolia Lam.

Synonyms include:

Leucothoe populifolia (Lam.) Dippel

Lyonia populifolia (Lam.) K.Koch.

'Populifolia' = poplar leaves

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