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Leucothoe racemosa/Swamp Sweetbells

Leucothoe racemosa / Leucothoe racemosa
Dangling bell-shaped flowers on this native shrub
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Dangling bell-shaped flowers on this native shrub

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Scientific Name: Leucothoe racemosa
Common Name: Swamp Sweetbells
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Ground covers
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Used as ground cover, in borders, and mass plantings. Very fragrant white flowers are a big plus for this plant. To encourage more growth and flowers, it should be pruned to the ground after flowering every 3-4 years. It is susceptible to root rots and leaf spots.