Plant of the Week: PAISLEY PUP™ Leucothoe

Close up of a chain of white bell-shaped flowers on Paisley Pup leucothoe

This Is Not Your Typical Native Shrub

If you’re looking for a North American native that is truly unique, allow me to introduce you to Paisley Pup™ leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana)! Also known as doghobble, fetterbush, and drooping laurel, this colorful shrub can light up shady spots in the garden and is extremely low-maintenance.

Close up of the pink, cream, green, and yellow foliage of Paisley Pup leucothoe

Paisley Pup™ leucothoe’s evergreen foliage emerges in an array of pink, white, cream, green, and yellow hues, creating a stunningly colorful display with its unique variegation. In late spring/early summer, charming white bell-shaped flowers dangle along this beauty’s slender stems. The elegant, fragrant flowers attract pollinators, too!

Paisley Pup™ has a versatile, low habit, making it an excellent choice for a colorful ground cover or a low hedge. It grows to 3-4’ tall and 4-5’ wide and is suited for USDA zones 5-8. This shrub really lights up shady areas in the garden; it thrives in areas that get part sun or filtered light all day. It’s easy to grow in any well-drained, acidic soil. If you need another reason to love Paisley Pup™, it’s incredibly deer-resistant; in fact, it’s included in our Deer Proof™ program

Paisley Pup™ rarely needs pruning, but branches can be removed as needed. Avoid regular trimming.

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