PlantsLyonia→He-huckleberry (Lyonia ligustrina)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Other: hard, dry, brown, 5-celled globular capsules
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: sow outdoors in fall
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 24, 2020 12:01 PM

Like the few other Lyonia species in eastern North America, this is a Blueberry-like shrub, also in the Ericaceous Family. The genus was named after an American botanist and explorer of the late 18th century and early 19th century who was John Lyon. The glossy medium green leaves turn red-orange in autumn and the foliage then usually turns tan and persists on the plant through most of the winter. The white, nodding, globular bell-like flowers are borne in crowded, one-sided, terminal clusters in June. The dry fruit is a hard, brown, 5-celled, globular capsule maturing in September and persisting to late March. Its root system is shallow and lateral, forming rhizomes, and it is difficult to transplant. It grows at a medium rate of about 1.5 feet/year. It grows in swamps, bogs, wet meadows, in open, low alluvial woods and thickets, and along lakeshores from southern Maine down through central Florida over to eastern Texas with two spots in Oklahoma and one spot in western central Michigan.

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