Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014 In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida Expand
General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida.
Description: Large shrub or rarely a small tree with an erect trunk and an open, irregular crown. Trunks to 10 inches in diameter, but usually much less. Bark light brown or gray tinged with red. Leaves temperate semi-deciduous, compound, 6-8 inches long, shiny green, turning reddish with yellow before falling.
Dimensions: Typically 5-15 feet in height in South Florida; to 44 feet in Florida. Usually about as broad as tall, but sometimes much taller.
Growth Rate: Fast.
Eastern and central North America south to the Monroe County Keys; Cuba. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key, where very rare or extirpated. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.