Leucothoe fontanesiana
Common name: 
Drooping Leucothoe
Upland Doghobble
lu-KOTH-o-e fon-ta-ne-ze-A-na
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) tall, equal width; broadly arching.  Leaves simple, alternate, ovate to lanceolate, 5-13 long, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, tip long-acuminate, rounded at base, new growth green or bronzy.   Flower white, fragrant, 6 mm long, urn-shaped (typical of plants in the Ericaceae (Heath Family).
  • Part shade to shade, susceptible to sunburning.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4      Native from Virginia to Georgia and Tennessee.  Several selections, including 'Girard's Rainbow', which has coppery new growth with the addition of white and pink makings.
  • fontanesiana: after René Loiche Desfontaines (1752-1833), French botanist.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast of Benton Hall.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flowering branch

    flowering branch

  • leaves and flower clusters

    leaves and flower clusters

  • flower clusters and leaves

    flower clusters and leaves

  • new growth

    new growth