Leucothoe axillaris is a medium-sized evergreen shrub, native to North America. It has a well-branched, erect stem with arched ramifications; the buds are reddish in color, with the passage of time the foliage becomes dark green, shiny, slightly leathery and waxy; the leaves have an oval shape, pointed and become reddish during the autumn period. In late spring it produces a large quantity of small white bell-shaped flowers gathered in clusters which hang from the leaf axil in the lower part of the stem; they are very fragrant. Easy to grow shrub, it can be pruned without problems, and therefore it is often used as a hedge plant to obtain high-impact decorative effects.
The variety of Leucothoe axillaris is grown in a shaded or semi-shaded place, it can tolerate sunny positions, better though the sun does not hit its leaves during the hottest hours of the day. These shrubs are hardy, they don't fear cold weather and they can withstand intense and prolonged frosts. If the temperatures are particularly harsh it is advisable to protect the root system with the use of mulch material or dry leaves which will be placed at the base of the plant for correct protection.