plant-banner1

Plant Details

Lyonia lucida

Shining Fetterbush, Fetterbush Lyonia, Shinyleaf, Fetterbush, Staggerbush

Scientific Name:

Lyonia lucida

Genus:

Lyonia

Species Epithet:

lucida

Common Name:

Shining Fetterbush, Fetterbush Lyonia, Shinyleaf, Fetterbush, Staggerbush

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April, May, June

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

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

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

"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.

image

Paynter, Wilmington, March 2011

Flower buds

image

Wilmington, March, 2011

Flowers

Carolina Beach State Park, April, 2010

image

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.

image

Wilmington, March, 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



Permalink - (right click to save this page to your bookmarks)

<<< PREVIOUS

NEXT >>>

back to top
go to plant details search
go to plant images search
go to gallery home
back to Initial l Gallery
back to orchids
back to Carnivorous Plants
back to Trilliums