General Landscape Uses:
Canopy tree along canal banks and swales.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Medium to large tree with an erect trunk and a narrow, rounded crown. Trunks to 2 feet in diameter, but usually much smaller in South Florida. Bark loose, brown, separating into plate-like scales. Leaves deciduous, compound, about 9-15 inches long, thin, dark green.
Typically 25-50 feet in height in South Florida; to 150 feet in Florida. Taller than broad.
Southern and central United States west to Texas and south to Palm Beach, Hendry and Lee counties. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Wet to moist, seasonally inundated organic soils.
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.
Light shade to full sun.
Male flowers in semi-showy hanging catkins.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides significant food and cover for wildlife.
Can be grown from stratified seed, sown in spring.