Gulf Sebastian-bush Euphorbiaceae Ditrysinia
fruticosa (Bartram) Govaerts & Frodin
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical, lanceolate to oval, entire, 2 to 4 inches long acute to acuminate tip, semi-evergreen, shiny green above and slightly paler below, reddish petiole.
Flower: Narrow, upright, yellow-green, spike-like clusters (1 to 2 inches long) of very small flowers, female flowers at base of spike, occur in leaf axils near branch tips, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Three-parted capsules 1/3 inch across, wider than tall, in loose clusters, ripening to a brown color.
Twig: Slender, green turning brown very late in the season; buds, small reddish brown, pointed.
Bark: Reddish, silver gray later becoming lighter gray brown and a bit rough.
Form: Loosely branched shrub reaching 3 to 8 feet tall.
Looks like: coast leucothoe
- fetterbush lyonia
| Additional Range Information:
Ditrysinia fruticosa is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Gulf Sebastian-bush.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson