Leucothoe axillaris (Lam.) D.Don

Coast Leucothoe

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Leucothoe

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: To 4' tall and 5' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Part Shade


Leaves alternate, to 4" long, thick, shiny, dark green, purple tint in autumn. Flowers in clusters, white, in spring. Vase-shape. Well-drained soil, medium moisture.



Published in Edinburgh New Philos. J. 17: 159 in 1834.

Basionym Andromeda axillaris Lam.

Native to the southeastern US.

Reveal (2009) lists the "flowering branch" of Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 30 as "unidentified" but says the "fruiting branch" is L. axillaris.

Reveal (2009) also identifies Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 52 as L. axillaris.


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