Leucothoe grayana
Common name: 
Hana-hirinoki (Japan)
Pronunciation: 
lu-KOTH-o-e gray-ahn-ah
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Eubotryoides grayana
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous to nearly evergreen shrub, slow growing, erect, 1.5-4 ft (~0.5-1.2 m) tall.  Leaves simple, alternate, oblong or ovate, about 4-9 cm long, tip acute, base tapering to rounded, margin with bristles, leathery, conspicuously veined below, very short petiole.  Flowers white to pinkish, about 5 mm, in erect, terminal, dropping clusters, 7-10 cm long; blooms in summer.
  • Part shade to shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6      Native to Japan.
  • Eubotryoides grayana: is currently an unresolved name of this plant.  There is ”taxonomic controversy” as to the correct name.  Some consider it a synonym for Leucothoe grayana
  • grayana: after Asa Gray (1810-1888), a leading American botanist in 19th century, the original author of Gray's Manual of Botany.
  • Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.
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