Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for September 28th - October 10th, 2006
This is fetterbush, Leucothoe racemosa.
It also sometimes called dog-hobble or swamp sweetbells. Fetterbush is native
to the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast states, where it grows in moist, acid woods
in partial shade. It is a deciduous shrub that tends to form thickets and is best
used in the woodland garden. The spring blooming white bell-shaped flowers are
distinctive and produced in curving hanging racemes from the base of new branches.
Fetterbush grows well in USDA Hardiness zones 5
through 9. You can see fetterbush in the
Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.