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.
Leucothoe populifolia (Lam.) Dippel
Lyonia populifolia (Lam.) K.Koch.
'Populifolia' = poplar leaves