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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Lyonia ferruginea (Walter) Nutt.
Rusty staggerbush, Dragon Tree, Tree lyonia, Staggerbush
Synonym(s): Xolisma ferruginea
USDA Symbol: LYFE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Evergreen shrub or small tree with crooked trunk, irregular crown, and tiny, nearly round flowers.
This tree is often called staggerbush because of its crooked trunks. The Latin species name, meaning rust-colored, refers to the leaf lower surfaces.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, SC Native Distribution:
Extreme S. South Carolina, SE. Georgia, and Florida; to 300 (91 m). Native Habitat:
Sandy soils of mixed woods and on dunes.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-07
Research By: TWC Staff