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Lyonia lucida (Fetter Bush)

Shining Fetterbush, Fetterbush Lyonia, Shinyleaf, Fetterbush, Staggerbush, Desmothamnus lucidus, Neopieris nitida


Very showy when in flower, Lyonia lucida (Fetter Bush) is a graceful, arching and sprawling, evergreen shrub prized for its sweetly fragrant, palest shell-pink to white urn-shaped flowers. Blooming in early to late spring, they are borne in drooping clusters of 10-15 blossoms and appear in axillary clusters before the new growth. The flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators. The elliptic to oval, leaves, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), are leathery and shiny dark green. Native to the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States, Fetter Bush occurs naturally in bogs, wet savannas, cypress swamps, wet pine flatwoods, peaty thickets and along stream banks. It also occasionally occurs in dry uplands. Slow-growing, it is a desirable evergreen shrub for the shade garden and for naturalizing in areas with moist to seasonally wet soils.

  • Grows up to 3-6 ft. tall and wide (90-180 cm). Will spread by root suckers and rhizomes to form colonies over time.
  • Performs best in part shade in moist, acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun, periodically flooded and poorly drained soils.
  • Perfect for shrub borders, informal hedges, woodland gardens, cottage gardens and along ponds and streams.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for leaf spot.
  • No maintenance required except cutting back to keep it at a desired height.
  • Propagate by seed, root cuttings and root division. Sow seeds in spring (no treatment).
  • Native to the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States, from southeastern Virginia, throughout south-central peninsular Florida, west to Louisiana. Also native to Cuba.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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