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May Haw, Apple Haw
|Size:||25-30 ft tall by 35-40 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant or wildlife planting for moist areas. Screen plant. Suggested by IFAS as a median planting or buffer planting for roadways.|
|Propagation:||Seed. Sow fresh but may require a year or more to sprout.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Seed|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|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:||Clay, Loam, Sand|
Apparently less interesting as a wildlife food tree than some other haws.
Larval food for hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)and blinded sphinx (Paonias excaecata).
Attracts pollinators, especially important for native bees.
|Native Habitats:||In and near pools and small ponds, floodplains, swamps, especially where water stands much of the time.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|General Comments:||The various sources have conflicting opinions on the fruit and its uses.|