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Squirt Fetterbush

Leucothoe axillaris 'Squazam'

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Squirt Fetterbush (Leucothoe axillaris 'Squazam') at Skillins Greenhouse

Squirt Fetterbush foliage

Squirt Fetterbush foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Squirt Fetterbush (Leucothoe axillaris 'Squazam') at Skillins Greenhouse

Squirt Fetterbush

Squirt Fetterbush

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Doghobble, Dog Hobble


A compact shrub grown for its amazing narrow, glossy green foliage; pretty clusters of urn-shaped white flowers compliment the interesting foliage; the stems have a zigzag pattern; best in part-shade

Ornamental Features

Squirt Fetterbush is blanketed in stunning racemes of white flowers along the branches from mid to late spring. It has attractive green evergreen foliage. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Squirt Fetterbush is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. 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 relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Squirt Fetterbush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Squirt Fetterbush will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Squirt Fetterbush makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features