species are found from Florida
through South America. Recently, this genus
was split from Leucothoe on the basis
floral differences. Pipestem is a large evergreen shrub native to north Florida and the
southeastern U.S. Wild plants are found in moist areas, often along the edges
of swamps. Arching stems grow to about twelve feet high. As its common name
suggests, stems are hollow between the nodes. Small, fragrant, white flowers
are produced in abundance in spring. They are pollinated by bees.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: not drought tolerant, a moist or irrigated site is necessary
Soil: poorly drained, acidic soil
This is an attractive large shrub or small tree for a
naturalistic garden. This is a plant for a low, moist site in sun or shade.
Plants grown in shade tend to have a loose ,open growth. The dwarf variety,
Leprechan, is a small, compact shrub that is suitable for any garden.
Reportedly, it will grow to about four to five feet tall.