Leucothoe racemosa (L.) A.Gray

Fetterbush, Sweet-bells, Swamp Doghobble

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Leucothoe

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 4 to 6' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade


Leaves alternate, dark green to 2.5" long, some red in autumn. White flowers hanging on racemes to 4" long, similar to Lily of the Valley flowers, in early summer. Twiggy form, spreading. Moist soil to wet soil.


Native to eastern USA including South Carolina and Georgia.

First published in Manual (Gray), ed. 2. 252 in 1856.

Basionym is Andromeda racemosa L..

GRIN shows the accepted name as Eubotrys racemosa (L.) Nutt. but ITIS lists it as a synonym of L. racemosa.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 394 (under Andromeda paniculata) in 1753 - Linnaeus cites Catesby Frutex foliis serratis, floribus longioribus spicatis subviridibus, capsula pentagona Catesby's Natural History] Volume II plate 43. A. paniculata is a synonym of L. racemosa.


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