Drypetes diversifolia

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Milkbark, Whitewood


Plant Specifics

Size:20-30 (45) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:White
Noted for:Interesting bark


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Can be used as a specimen tree for its light colored bark. Slow growing.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- 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:Calcareous



Birds and other wildlife consume fruit.  


Larval host for Florida white (Appias drusilla) butterfly.

Native Habitats:Rockland hammock.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:It is listed as Endangered by the state of Florida.