Magnify glass

Leucothoe Scarletta Zeblid

Dog Hobble

Evergreen shrub with bronze leaves turning green

A handsome evergreen that has beautifully glossy leaves when they first emerge, becoming dark-green throughout the summer and then changing again to a ruby-red during the autumn and winter. Small white lily-of-the-valley flowers appear in spring.


It likes a moist spot and full sun to show off its colours to best effect, but can tolerate light shade. It looks good on a bank or slope, or used to make a low hedge.


It likes a moist location. This plant has a vigorous nature so it can benefit from annual pruning in the autumn to keep it in shape.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 60 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 240 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Rock garden, Patio container

Typically available

From March to September