They are shrubs growing to 1-3 m tall, either deciduous or evergreen depending on species. The leaves are alternate, oblong-lanceolate, 2-15 cm long. The flowers are produced in racemes 3-15 cm long, each flower bell-shaped, 4-20 mm long, white or occasionally pink.
- Selected species
- Leucothoe axillaris (Coastal Doghobble; southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe davisiae (black laurel; Sierra Nevada, northern California & Oregon)
- Leucothoe fontanesiana (Highland Doghobble or Drooping Leucothoe; southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe grayana (Japan)
- Leucothoe griffithiana (eastern Himalaya, southwest China)
- Leucothoe keiskei (Japan)
- Leucothoe populifolia (southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe racemosa (Swamp Doghobble or Sweetbells; eastern United States)
- Leucothoe recurva (Redtwig Doghobble; southeastern United States)
- Leucothoe tonkinensis (southern China, northern Vietnam)
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