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Locustberry, Long Key Locustberry
|Size:||5-15 (35) ft|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Blooms late winter - early summer. Fruits ripen late spring-summer.|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant where its showy, multi-colored flowers can be seen. Use as a large shrub to small tree. Works well planted in clusters.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Seed|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock|
Good cover for birds, and birds and other wildlife enjoy the fruit.
Larval host for the Florida duskywing (Ephyriades brunneus).
Nectar plant for a variety of butterflies.
|Native Habitats:||Pine rockland, rockland hammock.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Flower color varies, which gives the plant a multi-hued array of flowers.
Listed as Threatened in Florida