General Landscape Uses:
Accent tree. Also useful in buffer plantings.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A somewhat rare element of hammock edges in the Florida Keys and southern Miami-Dade County.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Key West at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Small tree or large shrub, usually with an erect trunk and a broad-spreading, semi-open crown. Leaves light green, with rusty-brown hairs on the underside of the leaves and on the twigs.
Typically 10-20 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Monroe, Miami-Dade and Collier counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys and very rare or absent in the middle Keys. In Miami-Dade County, native to the Miami Rock Ridge from Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park north and east to west of Goulds. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Rockland hammocks; understory shrub in pine rocklands.
Moist, well-drained limestone or calcareous sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Greenish or yellowish.
Purple to black capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds.
Can be grown from seed. Place in light shade or full sun.
Recruits readily from seeds in the garden and can become somewhat weedy. It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.