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Coastalplain staggerbush
Lyonia fruticosa
Ericaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Accent shrub.

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.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
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Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

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