Ocotea coriacea

lancewood

Lauraceae

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 20-30 ft    Width: 10-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      blue,black
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: This small tree has an elegant appearance that makes it suited to use as a specimen plant. The glossy evergreen foliage makes this small tree also make it effective as a screen or barrier plant.
Considerations: Potentially subject to laurel wilt disease.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
Native Habitats: Tropical hammocks. This is naturally an understory tree and also as a colonizer of disturbed sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   9B,10A,10B,11

Other

Ethnobotany: The common name "Lancewood" comes fact that early Florida Indians apparently used the very straight stems as lances for spearing fish.
Other Comments: Foliage when crushed smells like citrus.