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|Size:||3-20 ft tall by 2-8 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Thorns|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant, screen plantings, sometimes with unusual or weeping form.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Not wet but not extremely dry ----- 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:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit.
Larval food for hummingbird clearwing moth(Hemaris thysbe), striped hairstreak butterfly(Satyrium liparops), and blinded sphinx moth (Paonias excaecata).
Attracts pollinators, especially important for native bees.
|Native Habitats:||Dry sites. Open woods, mixed woods, sandy pinelands.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures