Curly Red

{ Leucothoe axillaris; Swamp Dog Laurel; Coastal Dog-Hobble }

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About Leo

Our buddy Leo is a bit of a mischievous chap - just when you think you have him figured out, he does something that totally befuddles you. First of all, we can't figure out what's up with his nicknames - 'Swamp Dog Laurel' and 'Coastal Dog-Hobble'. We know that he's native to the southeastern U.S., so that explains the 'Coastal' bit, but what do hobbling dogs have to do with anything?

His colouring is confusing, too: deep, leathery leaves that spiral around his stems, turning fire-red towards the top. He's a low-growing shrub that'll always keep you guessing - that's why we love him. He's also crazy easy to look after, making him a great choice for the novice gardener.

Quick facts:

Botanical name: Leucothoe axillaris

Nicknames: Swamp Dog Laurel, Coastal Dog-Hobble

Plant type: Evergreen shrub / Outdoor

Toxicity: Toxic to people and pets

Current height: 40-60cm

Nursery pot: 23cm

Pro level: Easy

How to care for Leo (Curly Red)

The basics

Plant Leo in a spot that gets full sun or partial shade. He's also need well-drained, humus-rich soil - if you're planting him out of his nursery pot, put him in our multi-purpose compost.

Leo is moderately drought tolerant, but would prefer moderate but consistent water. If it hasn't rained in a while, check his soil - are the top few inches dry? Then give him a good drink.

Going the extra mile

You can apply a thick layer of mulch over the top of his soil during spring to protect his roots - try shredded bark or straw.

Leo doesn't generally require pruning, but you can give an older Leo a good trim to rejuvenate him. Snip spindly stems to a few inches above the soil with a pair of sanitised shears or scissors.

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