Drooping Leucothoe, Fetterbush, Dog Hobble
Leucothoe fontanesiana

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leucothoe (loo-KOH-thoh-ee) (Info)
Species: fontanesiana (fon-tay-nee-zee-AH-na) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Bronze-Green

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Mottled

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Monroe, Louisiana

Baltimore, Maryland

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Croton On Hudson, New York

Tangent, Oregon

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Rockvale, Tennessee

Ashland, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 13, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a handsome broadleaf evergreen that is sold at larger nurseries in southeast Pennsylvania and can be found somewhat commonly. It is sort of expensive, so it is found planted most at more expensive landscapes. It often does well in the silty-clay or clay loam acid soils of the area, but it sometimes dies out, especially in new subdivisions, as if there is too much sun and wind or if the soil is not good quality. Two customers in western New Jersey told me that it grew so powerfully in their backyard acid, very moist, sandy soil that they were trying to kill much of it off and not successful. Jenkins Arboretum in se PA has a lot ot it growing powerfully in their woodsy landscape with acid, moist, silty-clay soil. I never saw it in my native northeast Illinois, except at an arboretum, w... read more

Positive

On Apr 2, 2012, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased three of these today for a new area in our backyard that receives considerable shade. The clerk warned me they are rather lax in habit, but I think their pendulous weeping shape will fit right in with the landscaping I'm adding to this area.