Leucothoe racemosa (L.) A. Gray - Sweetbells


 

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Leucothoe racemosa - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ericaceae

Habitat

An understory shrub in moist to wet areas.

Associates

 

Distribution

MA to FL and LA.

Morphology

Small, suckering shrub, to about 8' high and wide. Leaves bright green, elliptical, shallow-toothed, to 2.5" long and 1.25" wide. Flowers white to pink, 1/3" long, bell-shaped, in 1-4" long racemes..

Notes

Flowers mid April to June.

Wetland indicator: Facultative wetland

Can develop red fall color. Hardy to zone 5. Could be useful as an ornamental.

 

Bibliography

Dirr, Michael A. 1998. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants:
Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses.
5th ed. Champaign, Illinois: Stipes Publishing L.L.C.

 


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