General Landscape Uses:
Accent or specimen tree in wet soils.
Widely cultivated. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery
in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).
Small to large tree with an erect, straight trunk. Bark gray to brown, flaking in strips. Needles deciduous, thin, light green, almost always held flat against the twig.
Typically 10-80 feet in height in South Florida; to 115 feet in Florida. Usually taller than broad.
Eastern and southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Freshwater swamps and marl prairies.
Wet to moist, poorly-drained to moderately well-drained calcareous, sandy or organic soils, with or without humus.
Moderate to high; grows best with some organic content and may languish in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Green turning brown.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides some food and moderate amounts of cover for wildlife.
Can be grown from seed soaked in water for 24-48 hours.
Depending on nutrients and water availability, this can be a small tree or tree-like shrub or it can be a large tree.