Lyonia ferruginea (Walter) Nutt.
Rusty Staggerbush, Dragon Tree, Tree Lyonia, Staggerbush
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Xolisma ferruginea
USDA Symbol: LYFE
This tree is often called "staggerbush" because of its crooked trunks. The Latin species name, meaning "rust-colored," refers to the leaf lower surfaces.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: FL , GA , 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
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Research LiteratureReslit 2613 - Evolutionary studies in the Ericaceae. II. Leaf anatomy as a phylogenetic index in the Andromedeae (1964) K. Lems
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lyonia ferruginea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lyonia ferruginea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lyonia ferruginea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-07
Research By: TWC Staff