Fetterbush Lyonia (Lyonia lucida)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 3 - 5 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: 1/3 inch brown capsule, splitting to release seeds.
Fruiting Time: Winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Pale pinkish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Many Lyonia sp. are highly toxic and sap may cause contact dermatitis and skin irritation in some individuals.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bumblebees

illustration from 'Curtis's Botanical Magazine', 1808

February Plants for Honey BeesFebruary Plants for Honey Bees
February 28, 2012

February is here! Hopefully the old groundhog didn't see his shadow and spring will be here sooner than later. Longer days and warmer temperatures will have the honey bees buzzing everywhere looking for food to feed their hungry babies.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 27, 2012 2:29 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant. Honey is light colored.

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