Attractive Leucothoe Garden Plants
One of the more pleasant broadleaf evergreen shrub garden plants is leucothoe. Leucothoe garden plants are plants that are part of the Ericaceae family. It contains about 50 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs that are native to Asia, North America, South America, and Madagascar. This genus features unique tubular flowers that form in clusters and pointed, glossy leaves that change color throughout the season. The shrubs are commonly used as hedges, screens, or container plants. Commonly encountered problems with this genus include fungal disease and insect damage. This genus is named after the Greek goddess Leucothea. The common name for this genus is doghobble, and most of the species are known by a variation of this name. For example, Leucothoe fontanesiana is called the highland doghobble, while Leucothoe axillaris is called the coastal doghobble. Leucothoe racemosa is known as the swamp doghobble.
Typically, the shrub garden plants in this genus grow about 5 feet (1.5 m) in height and have a spread that is roughly 8 feet (2.5 m). The bushy form consists of glossy, skinny leaves that initially appear red and quickly become dark green. As the fall approaches, the leaves turn reddish-green and purple before dropping. The branches are arching and usually weighed down by the flowers at the tips.