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PlantFiles: Fetterbush, Shiny Lyonia
Lyonia lucida

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lyonia (ly-OH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: lucida (loo-sid-uh) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Fires_in_motion On Mar 24, 2015, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a truly gorgeous shrub, with a nice weeping habit in its branches, yet strongly upright overall growth. If you had never seen it and someone presented it to you, you'd think it was some rare species endemic to a quaint Pacific island or African jungle, but nope, it's native to the forests of the good ol' Southeastern U.S. I believe I once read that it's related to the genera Vaccinium (blueberry / cranberry) and Agarista (hobblebush), hence the similar leaves and white / pink, bell-like flowers. I'm giving this plant a positive rating here even though my first one (obtained and planted 3 years ago) died. I think it did so because I had it in deep shade. So I just got another (these are extremely hard to find for sale, by the way) and planted it under the same Live Oak, but in a position where it will get full morning sun, followed by shade the rest of the day. If you want the one and only place in the southeastern quadrant of Louisiana that I know of to buy a Lyonia lucida, contact me privately, as I don't think I'm allowed to say it publicly in a review. But it's a place that starts with H. It's criminal that every nursery in the state doesn't sell it.

Note: The photo by LGramlich looks the most like mine.

P.S. I also have fellow Southeastern native Lyonia ferruginea, but that's a less beautiful shrub with rough leaves, and it needs full sun and relatively dry soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama
Bartow, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lynn Haven, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Kingsland, Georgia
Abita Springs, Louisiana

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