Lyonia fruticosa

Staggerbush

Ericaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Retain if present. Can be used as part of a screen in a dry site setting.
Considerations:Slow growing.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat 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

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
 

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

  • Apidae: Bombus impatiens
  • Colletidae: Colletes banksi, C. distinctus, C. productus, C. sp. A
  • Halictidae: Augochloropsis sumptuosa
  • Sphecidae: Stictia carolina
  • Vespidae: Monobia quadridens

Native Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Cutthroat seeps, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, scrub.

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

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