General Landscape Uses:
An excellent accent shrub or small tree in southern Miami-Dade County.
Ecological Restoration Notes: This species grows almost exclusively in the ecotone between rockland hammocks and pine rocklands. However, it can be used along the edges of rockland hammock creations, even when the ecotone itself is missing.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description: An interesting small tree or large shrub with and open, spreading crown. Mature trunks 4-8 inches in diameter. Leaves fine textured, thin.
Dimensions: Typically 10-20 feet in height; to 35 feet in South Florida. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate: Moderate.
Miami-Dade County; Bahamas, Greater Antilles, southern Mexico and Central America. In Miami-Dade County, known only from the southern part of the Miami Rock Ridge from Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park northeast to west of Goulds. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.