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Highland Dog Hobble, Drooping Leucothoe, Fetterbush, Doghobble - Leucothoe fontanesiana


Family: Ericaceae - Heath family Genus Common Name: Dog Hobble Native Status: Native
Leucothoe fontanesiana - Highland Dog Hobble, Drooping Leucothoe, Fetterbush, Doghobble. Primarily a southeastern species, it is found in 8 states south of the Mason-Dixon line, as well as in New York and Maryland (those disjunct populations may not be native.) Dog Hobble grows in dense thickets along mountain streams. Those shown on this page were near the banks of the Talullah River in north Georgia.

Found in:
AL, GA, KY, MA, MD, NC, NY, SC, TN, VA

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Leucothoe fontanesiana

Distribution of Leucothoe fontanesiana in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Feb 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Towns County, GA Date: 2010-April-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The blossoms hang in clusters from the axils of the alternating leaves on the arching branches of Dog Hobble. The leaves are lanceolate and taper to a long point. They have tiny serrations along the margin.
Leucothoe fontanesiana

Site: Towns County, GA Date: 2010-April-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The inflorescence of Leucothoe fontanesiana are clusters than dangle from the leaf axils. The individual white flowers are urn-shaped.
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Leucothoe fontanesiana

Site: Towns County, GA Date: 2010-April-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Highland Dog Hobble has arching branches.
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Leucothoe fontanesiana

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