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Fetterbush
Lyonia lucida
Ericaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann

General Landscape Uses: Accent shrub.

Availability: Native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida.

Description: Medium erect shrub. Leaves shiny green.

Dimensions: About 6-8 feet in height. Usually about as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and swamps.

Soils: Seasonally inundated to moist, well-drained sandy or sandy-organic soils, with humusy top layer, acid pH.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.

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 to light shade.

Flower Color: Pale to deep pinkish or almost red.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides some food and moderate amounts of cover for wildlife.


Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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