General Landscape Uses:
Accent or specimen flowering shrub or small tree.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
In South Florida, naturalizing from cultivated plants well outside of its limited native range. Not recommended for general landscape use.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Key West at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Large shrub or small tree.
Typically, 8-12 feet in height; rarely to about 20 feet in South Florida. As broad as tall or broader.
Moderate to fast.
South Florida, Bahamas, and Cuba; in South Florida, native only to North Key Largo in the Florida Keys. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist, well-drained limestone 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:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Brownish pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides some food and cover for wildlife.
Can be grown from seed.
Critically imperiled in South Florida. For more information visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online