Squirt™ Compact Leucothoe

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Wonderful Dwarf Workhorse Squirt™ Compact Leucothoe

  • Ornamental Broadleaved Evergreen
  • Selection of Native Shrub
  • Compact Shrub Supports Wildlife
  • Fragrant, Bell-Shaped, White Flowers in Spring
  • Gorgeous Copper-Colored New Growth
  • Glossy Green Leaves Look Great All Year
  • Pretty Pointed Leaves Catch the Breeze
  • Perfect for a Partial Shade Spot
  • Very Easy Care
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone

Use Squirt™ Compact Leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris Squzam') to build your garden design around. This dwarf designer favorite is extremely low maintenance, but gives you an incredible look in every season.

Staying small and compact, Squirt's evergreen foliage is incredibly ornamental. The pretty growth habit arches up and out like a small fountain.

The dark-green leaves are lustrous and shine even in the dusky light of partial shade. New growth is mahogany-colored and brightens up the look in a sophisticated way. You'll be pleased to include these showy branches in any floral arrangement.

Leucothoe catches the wind, even the slightest breeze is enough to set the plant in motion. Appreciate the subtle play of the movement and sound, it will add a tremendous amount of charm in your landscape.

In spring, delight in small, creamy white, bell-shaped flowers with a light perfume. You'll wish you could bottle the fresh, clean scent.

Watch for butterflies and native honeybees to visit the blooms, and for your local songbirds to take shelter in its dense branch structure. There are so many reasons to love this easy-care shrub, and helping the ecosystem is an important one.

Order enough to complete your entire project. This is a highly sought after dwarf variety, and we'll sell out of our limited inventory quickly. Act now!

How to Use Squirt™ Compact Leucothoe

Consider using this wonderful, petite shrub as a modern foundation plant in a partial shade position. It rarely needs pruning or much special care.

You'll add visual interest all year, but it will be especially welcomed in winter. Lovely coppery and deep green foliage looks great, and this is one plant that won't outgrow it's space.

Include under larger trees, or along the edge of a woodland. It can become a fabulous low border or edging for larger shrubs.

Try these as a broadleaved evergreen presence in borders and rock gardens, too. You really have endless possibilities with an elegant plant like Squirt Compact Leucothoe!

To create a solid hedge, plant them 2 feet apart on center. If you prefer a looser, more natural look, expand the spacing out to 3 feet on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant in a place that receives partial shade, or roughly 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. It will do best in a sheltered spot, out of the worst of the wind.

It loves acidic, well-drained soil. Provide an even amount of water on a regular basis. Consider adding a thick layer of mulch to cover the root system.

Fertilize with an acid lover's formula according to package instructions. Or, add a top-dressing of compost and organic material to improve the richness of your soil.

Trim any broken or errant branches. As your shrub ages, you can periodically do renewal pruning by cutting it back to a few inches from the ground in the late winter.

Use Squirt Compact Leucothoe to boost the design impact of your landscaping. It's easy and charming, attractive in all seasons, and won't require more than a few minutes of care a year.


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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Squirt™ Compact Leucothoe Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Leucothoe axillaris Squzam'
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Dark Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes