Lyonia ferruginea

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Rusty Lyonia


Plant Specifics

Size:10-15 ft tall by 5-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Interesting bark, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Use where this small tree's interesting shape will be an asset. Does well as a small specimen tree near walkways. Also useful as a screen in dry settings.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts bees. The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Lyonia ferruginea at Archbold Biological Station as reported by Coastal Plant Plants Wiki.

  • Apidae: Apis mellifera, Bombus impatiens
  • Colletidae: Colletes brimleyi, C. productus
  • Halictidae: Agapostemon splendens, Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis sumptuosa
  • Megachilidae: Megachile xylocopoides
  • Sphecidae: Oxybelus laetus fulvipes, Stictiella serrata, Tachysphex apicalis
  • Vespidae: Stenodynerus lineatifrons

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, overgrown sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

New leaves are rusty-orange. Easy to care for.

Can grow as a small tree or a shrub.