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Care of the plant Leucothoe fontanesiana or Dog Hobble.

Care of the shrub Leucothoe fontanesiana or Dog Hobble

The genus Leucothoe, family Ericaceae, comprises 7 species of shrubs native to Asia, America and Madagascar. Some species are: Leucothoe fontanesiana, Leucothoe axillaris, Leucothoe racemosa.

Common names: Dog Hobble, Switch ivy, Highland doghobble, Fetter-bush, Mountain doghobble. This species is native to the southeastern United States.

They are evergreen shrubs with beautiful foliage and arched reddish stems that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height. The leaves are glossy dark green on the upper surface and dull green on the underside, they have a lanceolate shape and a dentate margin. In autumn and winter they take on beautiful purple tones. The small, scented flowers appear in 15 cm (5.9") clusters and can be white or pink. They bloom in spring.

These plants are used in undergrowths, low hedges and edges.

Leucothoe fontanesiana grows in shady or semi-shady exposures; they can grow in full sun in cool climates. They do not resist the direct sun of the Mediterranean climate. They resist occasional frosts.

They prefer well-drained soils that contain abundant organic matter. Planting is done in early spring.

Water frequently, without flooding, so that the substrate is always wet; they do not withstand drought.

Fertilize every 15 days in spring and summer with mineral fertilizer.

Prune lightly in late winter to strengthen the plant.

These shrubs are resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate by division or by cuttings during the fall.

Images of the shrub Leucothoe fontanesiana or Dog Hobble

Leucothoe fontanesiana
Leucothoe fontanesiana
Leucothoe fontanesiana