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Agarista populifolia (Lam.) Judd
Florida hobblebush, Tall fetterbush, Florida leucothoe, Agarista
Synonyms: Leucothoe populifolia
USDA Symbol: agpo2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Florida-hobblebush or Florida leucothoe is a broadleaf evergreen, 8-12 ft. high, with a lax, arching, multi-stemmed habit. Its rich, glossy-green foliage, tinged with red on new growth, remains green through the winter. Cream-colored, fragrant flowers are borne in profuse axillary clusters.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
FL , GA , SC Native Distribution:
SC & FL Native Habitat:
Wet hammocks & woodlands USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Description: Cool, moist, acid, fertile soil.
Conditions Comments: This plant tends to sucker and can be used for stabilization along moist, shady, stream banks. It can be maintained at any height with proper pruning. Agarista populifolia is considered superior to Leucothoe axillaris and L. fontanesiana,at least for southern areas, and is not as susceptibe to leaf scorch as L. fontanesiana.
PropagationDescription: Easily rooted from cuttings in late summer or fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Identification of plant with bell-shaped flowers
January 03, 2008
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants,
I am in need of a plant name to purchase. It is absolutely beautiful. The plant has light green leaves, the flowers that bloom look like bells (of course they hang upside down...
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff