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This glossy-leafed shade loving shrub has a graceful arching habit and panicles of white flowers in the late spring.

Latin Name

Leucothoe axillaris



Also Known As

Dog-hobble Coast Leucothoe

Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season



Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 5'


  • Hedge

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade Part Shade


    Do not ingest Do not ingest
    Harmful to pets Harmful to pets


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


    John Bartram recorded coastal doghobble in his 1792 nursery list.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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