Leucothoe fontanesiana

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Leucothoe fontanesiana
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Leucothoe
Species: L. fontanesiana
Binomial name
Leucothoe fontanesiana
(Steud.) Sleumer

Leucothoe fontanesiana, the highland doghobble,[1] fetter-bush,[2] mountain doghobble or switch ivy, is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae, native to the southeastern United States. It is an erect evergreen shrub growing to 1–2 m (3–7 ft) tall by 3 m (10 ft) broad, with laurel-like glossy leaves 6–16 cm (2–6 in) long, and pendent axillary racemes of urn-shaped flowers in spring.[3][4]

This plant is a calcifuge and requires a shaded position in acid soil. The species[5] and the cultivar 'Rollissonii'[6] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ "Leucothoe fontanesiana". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. ^ Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina: Mountain Doghobble (Leucothoe fontanesiana)
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Leucothoe fontanesiana". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rollissonii'". Retrieved 21 May 2013.