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Agarista populifolia

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agarista (ag-uh-RIS-tuh) (Info)
Species: populifolia (pop-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Leucothoe populifolia

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive longjonsilverz On Feb 11, 2013, longjonsilverz from Centreville, MD wrote:

Easy to grow here in Eastern Maryland (zone 7). There is a very nice fragrance when in bloom which is a bonus in addition to already being a faster growing and taller version of the Leucothoe family. (recently moved to Agarista) In my experience, this plant also keeps its green leaf color in winter much better than other Leucothoes, which typically turn purple/red in cold weather. Its also a Southeastern USA native.

Positive wooffi On Mar 17, 2008, wooffi from Arlington, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have grown this plant for 15 years under the most difficult conditions in hot humid West Tennessee.

A must to add to drought tolerant plants. Ours have spread 6 to 8 feet tall as wide.

Great plant a lot less picky than Leucothoe axillaris especially the rainbow hybrids.

Positive lmelling On Oct 20, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

While not as pretty as it's cousin, the rainbow leucothoe, this little plant is still a nice little addition to the garden. Prunes easily, can be kept at whatever size you wish. Creates a nice backdrop for other flowers. Grows fine here in zone 5 with little care. I have mine in a moist well drained garden soil that is sheltered from the hot afternoon sun. For more information, see my notes under rainbow leucothoe.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Stamford, Connecticut
Washington, District Of Columbia
Keystone Heights, Florida
Cumming, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Centreville, Maryland
Madison, Mississippi
Ithaca, New York
Belmont, North Carolina
Johns Island, South Carolina
Arlington, Tennessee

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