Leucothoe racemosa (syn. Eubotrys racemosa) Ericaceae
Sweetbells Leucothoe, Swamp Doghobble, Fetterbush lu-KOTH-o-e ras-eh-MO-suh
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m) high and wide, tends to sucker so produces a thicket. Leaves alternate, simple, 2.5-6.5 cm long, 1.3-3.2 cm wide, shallow-toothed, bright green, turn red in fall. Flowers waxy-white to pinkish, urn-shaped, produced on 2.5-10 cm racemes (May-June).
- Part shade, does well in fairly dry soil. Useful in a woodsy landscape.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native from Massachusetts to Florida and Louisiana, predominantly in the coastal plain.
- Recent plant research has resulted in the "transfer" of Leucothoe racemosa to the genus Eubotrys, hence its accepted botanical name is now Eubotrys racemosa. It may be some time before this name is used in commerce, especially outside its native range (e.g., Pacific Northwest).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast corner of Milam Hall.