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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.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte 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. Attracts bee pollinators.


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

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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