Lyonia ferruginea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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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.
Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, overgrown sandhill.


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.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



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