(Leatherwood - He Huckleberry - Male Blueberry - Privet-Andromedia - Seedy Buckberry)
Lyonia ligustrina (L.)
Ericaceae (Heath) Family
The plant is a deciduous shrub, usually 3 to 6 feet in height, multi-stemmed with ascending branches. Its preferred habitat is moist forests, stream banks, and rich wooded undergrowth. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem, variable in form, ovate to obovate 1-1/2 to 4 inches long,. The margins are smooth, or may have scattered teeth on the lower half, finly hairy when young, becoming hairless above, somewhat shiny, whitish midvein.
The flowers are racemes, hairy stalks, white corolla, calyx lobes triangular (very similar to Fetterbush and Staggerbush. Flowers occur in the spring to early summer.
Fruit is a spherical capsule.