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Fetterbush, scientifically known as Lyonia lucida, is a captivating native shrub prized for its attractive foliage, delicate flowers, and adaptability to various growing conditions. A deciduous to evergreen shrub that typically grows to heights of 3 to 6 feet tall with a similar spread. It features a dense, rounded form with multiple stems adorned with lance-shaped, glossy green leaves that are leathery and aromatic when crushed. In spring, the shrub produces clusters of small, urn-shaped flowers that range in color from white to pale pink, adding a touch of elegance to the landscape. The flowers are followed by small, dry capsules that contain tiny seeds.

Growing Conditions:

- Thrives in moist to wet soil, making it ideal for rain gardens, stream banks, and other wetland areas.

- Prefers full sun to partial shade, though it can tolerate some shade.

- Hardy in USDA zones 6-9, making it adaptable to a range of climates.

- Drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering, especially during dry spells.

Maintenance:

- Prune lightly as needed in late winter or early spring to shape the shrub and remove any dead or diseased branches.

- Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

- Fertilize in spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote healthy growth and flowering.

Wildlife Attraction:

- The flowers of Fetterbush are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, enhancing biodiversity in the garden.

- Provides habitat and food for various species of birds and small mammals, which feed on the seeds and use the shrub for nesting sites.

- The dense foliage offers shelter and cover for birds and other wildlife, adding to the ecological value of the landscape.

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