General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. It can also be used as an accent shrub in moist sunny areas. It is also useful in buffer plantings.
Ecological Restoration Notes: A common and widespread species in forest edges and in thickets. It can be aggressive when planted, spreading readily from seed, so caution is advisable.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description: Medium erect shrub or rarely a small tree with a narrow, conical crown. Trunks short, to 5 inches in diameter. Leaves 1/2 to 3 inches long, firm. Bark dark brown with long shallow ridges.
Dimensions: Typically 5-10 feet in height; sometimes taller. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate: Fast to moderate.
Eastern and southeastern United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies. Common throughout most of its range. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.