Bourreria cassinifolia

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Little Strongbark, Smooth Strongbark


Plant Specifics

Size:5-7 ft tall by 4-5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Orange
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms summer-fall. Fruits ripen fall-winter.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Accent shrub, screen plant if used as a hedge.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock
Soil pH:Calcarious



Attracts  hummingbirds

Fruits are harvested by a variety of birds


Attracts a variety of pollinators including bees and many types of butterflies including Julieas, zebra longwings, skippers, sulphurs.

Attracts sphinx moths.

Native Habitats:Marshes, ruderal in disturbed wet areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Listed as Endangered in Florida. Please acquire only from reputable nurseries.

The US range is limited to Florida. Globally, it is also found in the West Indies.