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Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. aspleniifolius
Lyonothamnus floribundus A. Gray ssp. aspleniifolius (Greene) P.H. Raven
Fernleaf catalina ironwood, Catalina ironwood
Synonym(s): Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius, Lyonothamnus floribundus var. aspleniifolius
USDA Symbol: lyfla
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A slender evergreen tree that can have a single, straight trunk or be branched from the base and shrub-like. It grows quickly from 30-50 ft. and maintains a good form. The exfoliating, red-brown bark; glossy, fern-like, divided leaves; and large, terminal clusters of white flowers with yellow centers are all attractive landscape features.
The genus name, meaning Lyons shrub, honors the discoverer, William Scrugham Lyon (1852-1916), a U.S. horticulturist and forester.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Channel Islands, CA Native Habitat:
Dry slopes & bluffs below 500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils with at least 15 in. precip./yr.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is fast.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds germinate without pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2011-08-26
Research By: TWC Staff