Wild Florida Photo - Eubotrys racemosa

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Eubotrys racemosa

SWAMP DOGHOBBLE

FETTER-BUSH

Synonym: Leucothoe racemosa

Florida native

 

A frequent shrub of wet flatwoods, acid swamps and riverbanks in most of the panhandle and north Florida ranging south into the interior counties of the central peninsula. The range includes the southeast west into Louisiana and Texas, north into Tennessee and the Atlantic coast states as far as Massachusetts, plus Pennsylvania & New York.
The showy racemes of flowers appear in April and May and are from 2 to 10 cm (3/4 to 4 in.) long. Flowers are cylindrical, about 8mm (~1/3 in.) long and white, tinged with pink. Leaves are alternate, elliptic to oval, 1-5 cm (.4-2 in.) long and .5-3cm (.2-1.2 in.) wide. Both surfaces are at least partially pubescent and the margins are obscurely crenate to serrate.
Eubotrys racemosa can be distingushed from coastal doghobble (Leucothoe axillaris) by the tardily deciduous leaves that have at least some pubescence on the upper surface.

 
Eubotrys racemosa is a member of the Ericaceae - Heath family.