Coastalplain staggerbush
Lyonia fruticosa
Ericaceae


Landscape Uses:

Accent shrub.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in central Florida.
Description:
Medium erect shrub. Leaves about 1-2 inches long, covered with brown hairs when young.
Height:
About 4-6 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
South Carolina and Georgia south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Habitats:
Pinelands and hammocks.
Soils:
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer, acid pH.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White or pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides some food and moderate amounts of cover for wildlife.
Horticultural Notes:
Comments:


Keith A. Bradley
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, BBlazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
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Keith A. Bradley
George D. Gann
George D. Gann
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton