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Leucothoe axillaris ‘Curly Red’ (photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc.)
Leucothoe axillaris ‘Curly Red’ (photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc.)

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Zone
Zones 4-7, 15-17
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Leaves and nectar are poisonous if ingested

Leucothoe axillaris

Coast Leucothoe
Ericaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

LEUCOTHOE

Good filler plants that are best used in masses; smaller ones are even effective in mixed containers. They have leathery leaves and clusters of small, urn-shaped creamy white flowers. Need deep, acid, humus-rich soil; well suited to woodland gardens. Keep out of drying winds. For shape and neatness, prune oldest stems to the ground occasionally.

Leucothoe axillaris

Native to the southeastern U.S. Spreading, arching plant to 2–4 ft. tall and 3–6 ft. wide. Leaves are bronze when they emerge; they mature to dark green, then turn red in winter. Drooping, 1–3-in.-long flower clusters are held along the stems in midspring. Regular water. ‘Curly Red’ has red new growth that ages to apple green; leaves are tightly curled.

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