Copyright by: George D. Gann, 14 January 2015 In habitat, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
General Landscape Uses:
Accent tree in wet areas and along ponds and lakes edges.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description: Small tree to medium tree or large shrub with a speading, open, irregular crown. Trunks short, often leaning. Bark gray, roughened with ridges and furrows. Leaves temperate deciduous, light green, long and narrow, to about 8 inches long.
Dimensions: Typically 15-30 feet in height in South Florida; to 68 feet in Florida. Often as broad as tall or broader.
Growth Rate: Fast.
Eastern and central United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website. Note: Little's map shows S. caroliniana distributed in the Florida Keys; this appears to be an error.