Forestiera segregata

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Florida Privet, Florida Swampprivet


Plant Specifics

Size:5-15 ft tall by 5-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,green
Fruit Color:Blue,purple,black
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in early spring. Fruits ripen late spring. Moderate live span (Nelson 2003).
Noted for:Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Hedges, screens.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
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:-
Soil pH:Alkaline



 Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit and use the privet for cover.  Especially important for songbirds because the fruits mature before most other fleshy fruits ripen.


Pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Coastal hammocks, coastal scrub, thickets.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures