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Scarletta Fetterbush*

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Zeblid'

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Scarletta Fetterbush (Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Zeblid') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Scarletta Fetterbush foliage

Scarletta Fetterbush foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Mountain Doghobble, Dog Hobble


Scarlet-purple new leaves emerge above deep green foliage in spring; this lovely colonizing shrub blooms prolificly with long racemes of white bell flowers; foliage turns reddish-bronze in fall; a compact grower that makes a superb groundcover

Ornamental Features

Scarletta Fetterbush features showy racemes of fragrant white bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Scarletta Fetterbush is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Scarletta Fetterbush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Scarletta Fetterbush will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features