Plant Details

Lyonia lucida

Shining Fetterbush, Fetterbush Lyonia, Shinyleaf, Fetterbush, Staggerbush

Scientific Name:

Lyonia lucida

Common Name:

Shining Fetterbush, Fetterbush Lyonia, Shinyleaf, Fetterbush, Staggerbush

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)


NC Native



Bloom Color(s):

white with pink

Size in Feet:

up to 9

Bloom Time:

April - early June

Bloom Area:


Habitat Description:

Pocosins, wet woodlands, blackwater swamp forests, other acidic wetlands, especially if peaty (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)


"Soil Description: Moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Conditions Comments: Very difficult to keep in good condition under normal conditions of cultivation. Tends to become weak and susceptible to leaf spot under even mild stress. To avoid this, plant in moist soil with good drainage and then avoid the typical, heavy lawn watering. Can take brief seasonal flooding, though...A glossy-leaved, showy-flowered, evergreen shrub for naturalizing in masses within its range." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Shining Fetterbush, with its beautiful evergreen foliage, is often found in small colonies.


Paynter, Wilmington, March 2011

Flower buds


Wilmington, March, 2011


Carolina Beach State Park, April, 2010


Persistent seed capsules help identify the plant in winter.

Also look for leathery leaves with a vein running along the margin and young, bright green twigs that are flattened with loose dark scales.


Wilmington, March, 2011


USDA PLANTS Database Record

Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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