coast leucothoe Ericaceae Leucothoe axillaris (Lam.) D. Don Listen to the Latin symbol: LEAX Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, oblong to lanceolate, 2 to 4 inches long, serrated or ciliated margin, evergreen, shiny green above, pale and lighter beneath.
Flower: White bell-shaped flowers (1/4 inch long) developing in leaf axils in long (2 to 3 inches) hanging racemes.
Fruit: Dry brown capsules each 1/4 inch across in long clusters.
Twig: Slender, green (may have some red), somewhat zigzag, with small blunt brown buds, few side branches.
Bark: Smooth, light brown.
Form: Sprawling, small shrub with arching stems, 2 to 4 feet tall.

Looks like: swamp doghobble - fetterbush lyonia - maleberry - sweetspire
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Additional Range Information:
Leucothoe axillaris is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting coast leucothoe.
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External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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