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|Size:||3-15 (20) ft tall by 3-8 ft wide. Taller in southern Florida than to the north.|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Flowers intermittently throughout the year.|
|Noted for:||Aroma, fragrance, Interesting bark, Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant or hedge.|
|Propagation:||Seed, but it may take 6 months to germinate.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
|Soil pH:||Circum-neutral to somewhat alkaline|
Birds eat the berries.
Attracts Halictid bees.
|Native Habitats:||Moist to dry hammocks|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Fruit is edible.|
Don't confuse this native with the two highly invasive ardisias: coral ardisia (A. crentata) and shoebutton ardisia (A. elliptica).
While this will grown in full shade, it blooms better in part sun to sun.