Lyonia lucida

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Fetterbush, Shiny Lyonia


Plant Specifics

Size:2-6 (10) ft tall by clonal, 4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen, blooms late winter to early spring
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:May be used as a hedge and takes to pruning.
Considerations:Apparently toxic to many mammals
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- 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



Attracts bees.  The following bees were observed visiting flowers of Lyonia lucida at Archbold Biological Station as reported in the Coastal Plain Wiki.

  • Apidae: Bombus impatiens
  • Halictidae: Lasioglossum placidensis

Native Habitats:Flatwoods, dome swamp (on hummocks), scrub, scrubby flatwoods. In wetlands typically on hummocks.

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:Difficult to transplant. Clonal.