Erithalis fruticosa

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Black Torch


Plant Specifics

Size:4-8 ft tall by 4-6 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms and fruits year round.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Good as a buffer plant. Could be used as an informal hedge.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Wildlife food and shelter.

Native Habitats:Coastal scrub, hammocks, pine rocklands, coastal flats.

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:This plant is considered to be Threatened in Florida. Please preserve in the landscape and acquire new plants in an environmentally sound manner (seed or nursery-grown plants).