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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

    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.

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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