They are shrubs growing to 1–3 m tall, either deciduous or evergreen depending on species. The leaves are alternate, oblong-lanceolate, 2–15 cm long. The flowers are produced in racemes 3–15 cm long, each flower bell-shaped, 4–20 mm long, white or occasionally pink.
- Selected species
- Leucothoe axillaris (coastal doghobble; southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe davisiae (black laurel; Sierra Nevada, northern California & Oregon)
- Leucothoe fontanesiana (highland doghobble or drooping leucothoe; southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe grayana (Japan)
- Leucothoe griffithiana (eastern Himalaya, southwest China)
- Leucothoe keiskei (Japan)
- Leucothoe populifolia (southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe racemosa (swamp doghobble or sweetbells; eastern United States)
- Leucothoe recurva (redtwig doghobble; southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe tonkinensis (southern China, northern Vietnam)
- "Leucothoe D. Don". Flora of China.
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