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Blacktorch Erithalis fruticosa
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2013 in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida
General Landscape Uses:
Accent shrub. Buffer plantings.
Ecological Restoration Notes: A rather common element of coastal thickets in the Florida Keys; rare elsewhere.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description: Medium to large densely-leaved shrub. Bark dark brown striped with light brown. Leaves flat, 1-3 inches or more in length.
Dimensions: About 4-8 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate.
Monroe County Keys north along the east coast to Martin County; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Rare in southeastern Florida outside the Florida Keys. In Broward County, known only from Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.