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Plant Species of the genus Lyonia

Information about this genus
Name: Lyonia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Generally frost hardy and relatively free of pests and diseases, all species prefer at least partial shade, and some deep shade. The essential requirements for all species are a neutral to acid soil and plenty of moisture. They will not tolerate a drought. Pruning is generally not necessary but may be performed in late spring to keep plants shapely. Propagate via seed in autumn, half-hardened cuttings in summer or layering in spring.
Description: The 35 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees in this genus come from 2 different regions: the low warm-climate woodlands of the Himalayas and East Asia, and an area that includes the USA, Mexico and the West Indies. All plants have attractive, simple, alternate, shiny, leathery leaves but their primary attraction for the gardener is their dense axillary heads (more rarely, short racemes) of pendent white to pink flowers. Some species have the advantage of flowering towards the end of summer when most gardens are in need of a splash of color. Flowers of different species take different shapes but are usually cylindrical or urn-shaped.

Specie Vernacular Zone
ligustrina 3-7
Lyonia lucida 5-8
mariana piedmont staggerbush

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