General Landscape Uses:
Accent or specimen shrub in coastal uplands.
Native plant nurseries.
Large shrub or small tree with an open, irregular crown. Trunks short, bearing many irregular branches. Bark, thick, fissured, reddish brown. Leaves bright green above, the underside coated with rust-colored hairs.
About 5-15 feet in height or sometime more. Often broader than tall.
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. Very rare in South Florida outside of Palm Beach and Martin counties. Perhaps never present or extirpated in Broward County. Presumed extirpated in Miami-Dade County.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Coastal hammocks and scrub.
Moist to dry, well-drained 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:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Full sun to light shade.
All year; peak spring-summer.
Black ovoid berry.
Can be grown from de-pulped seed.