Coastal Dog Hobble

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Daring Dark Leaved Coastal Doghobble

  • Glossy Dark Green Foliage
  • Bright White Bell Shaped Flowers
  • Unique Zigzagging Leaves
  • Fountain-Like Growing Habit
  • Stunning Winter Color
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Great for Woodland Gardens
  • Part Shade is Best
  • Elegant Native Plant
  • Dramatic in Mass Plantings

Bringing sleek elegance to the native plants, Coastal Doghobble (Leucothoe axillaris) shines brightly against the competition. It'll run leaps and bounds faster than other bushes in the race to win your heart.

The show begins each spring when delightful bell-shaped white flowers bloom all across the plant in distinct and uniform clumps.

These petite pure white florets contrast starkly against the shiny dark green leaves Coastal Doghobble grows. From a distance, this evergreen shrub will have you reminiscent of clear pitch-black nights gazing at the stars.

Plus, the flair of this shrub doesn't decrease as the season progresses! Its arching branches flow out from the center in a fountain-like formation. This, coupled with the foliage's tendency to grow in a zigzag pattern, creates a tremendous texture that even the master gardeners crave!

As the brisk breezes of fall pick up, you'll find Coastal Doghobble transform into a stunning cold season interest! The thick green leaves will turn plum-red, a sight to behold once dusted with a fresh layer of pristine white snow.

You won't be the only one charmed by this evergreen. The flowers will attract a plethora of pollinators such as butterflies! Feel free to sit back and enjoy their winged performance throughout the season!

Adding color to your winter landscape has never been easier, or prettier throughout the rest of the year. Order a Coastal Doghobble from our expert growers here at Nature Hills Nursery!

How to Use Coastal Doghobble In The Landscape

A woodland garden simply isn't complete without at least one Coastal Doghobble included! Its native status will elevate the prestige even more.

As the name suggests, this evergreen shrub also does extremely well in coastal areas where there's lots of rich, evenly moist soil.

Legend says Coastal Doghobble got its name because dogs would often get a touch tangled up when chasing wildlife through the forest. However, we doubt you'll have the problem so long as you don't plant it directly on a path!

The fountain-like way the foliage drapes, along with its dark glossy coloring, creates a fantastic accent for perennial flower beds. It'll help extend the interest throughout the winter with its rich plum red leaves.

The height of this plant also makes it a perfect foundation plant. Use it to hide unsightly utilities, or move it away from the house and use it as a hedge. It'll create a lovely backdrop for your perennials and shorter evergreen shrubs!

Do you have a bright summer ensemble you're hoping to show off? Coastal Doghobble can provide a dramatic background for those pictures you're hoping to snap.

Coastal Doghobble is for large gardens too! Just imaging the statement a mass planting of these dark-leaved wonders would be! Your neighbors will stop in awe as they pass by on their leisurely walk.

#ProPlantTips For Care

We're all looking for the best and easiest plants to care for. Coastal Doghobble knows this and it sure doesn't disappoint!

There are just a couple of things to keep in mind as you care for this evergreen shrub to keep it happy and healthy for years to come. First, it should be planted somewhere that gets at least part shade. Full sun can damage the plant.

Once you've got a few options in mind, make sure to test the soil. It should be evenly moist while still being well drained soil. Rich, even slightly acidic soil is optimal as well.

Should you find yourself wishing your Coastal Doghobble was a little bit smaller, simply grab your sharpened pair of sheers. Wait until the bush is done flowering for the season and snip away!

While it's not strictly necessary, adding a layer of mulch on the ground starting about one inch away from the base of the plant can be a good idea. It'll help protect the roots, keep the moisture of the soil even, and make the garden look squeaky clean.

Race towards finishing up your garden in style by adding a Coastal Doghobble. No matter your garden aesthetic, this evergreen will fit right in. Order one for yourself today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Coastal Dog Hobble Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Leucothoe axillaris
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No