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Leucothoe axillaris 'Curly Red'

(Dog Hobble)

Featuring colorful, contorted foliage and a compact habit, 'Curly Red' is one the most distinctive and ornamental cultivars of drooping leucothoe, an evergreen shrub from the Southeast United States. The smooth, purple-flushed green stems are densely furnished with curled, puckered leaves that are significantly smaller than normal. The leaves are red and purple when new, mature to dark green in summer, and turn burgundy and bronze in fall. This non-blooming cultivar slowly forms a rounded, calf-high shrub.

Grow 'Curly Red' in cool, moist, acidic soil and light to full shade. Shelter it from cold winter winds. It is good as a foundation or patio plant, and is well suited for containers.


AHS Heat Zone9 - 1

USDA Hardiness Zone7 - 9

Sunset Zone4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17

Plant TypeBroadleaf Evergreen

Sun ExposurePartial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

Height16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

Width16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

Native ToUnited States, 

Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

Soil pHAcidic

Soil DrainageAverage

Soil typeLoam, Sand

Growth RateVery Slow

Water RequirementsAverage Water


Seasonal InterestSpring, Summer, Fall, Winter