Coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 8 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: 5-valved brown capsule
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

newly planted specimen

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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 25, 2018 7:43 PM

This broadleaf evergreen is new to the market. Its native range is from Virginia into Florida to Mississippi in lowland areas. It needs an acid, moist, organic, sandy or silty or good clay soil; not for heavy soils. It needs some shade and needs protection from strong sun or winds. It often gets picked on by leaf spots. It has a shallow, fibrous root system and is easy to transplant. It is sold by some large, diverse nurseries and native plant nurseries. It is not commonly planted, most likely to be found in professional landscapes.

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