Here’s a new addition to our ever-growing native assortment, Eubotrys racemosa a.k.a Feter-bush/ Swamp Sweetbells/Swamp Dog-Hobble. It’s basically a deciduous Leucothoe that’s found in, or near wetlands throughout the eastern half of the U.S. The flowers resemble lily-of-the-valley and open in groups along the stem in late spring. The leaves are bright glossy green and turn yellow-orange-red in fall rivaling Fothergilla and Amelanchier. It’s a great alternative to Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica) as it can take wet sites and also similar to Summersweet (Clethra alternifolia).
It will grow 6′-12′ high x 6’+ wide but can be trimmed to about 5′ making it a nice addition to foundation plantings, mixed borders or massed for screening. Plant in partial shade in moist, acid soil. Zone 5-9. We currently have them in 3 gal. containers.
We love the idea of using natives in the landscape, especially locally PC Grown!