Gymnanthes lucida

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Crabwood, Oysterwood


Also known as Ateramnus lucida

Plant Specifics

Size:10-25 (30) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellowish-green (not showy)
Fruit Color:Black-brown capsurles
Phenology:Evergreen. Bloms year round with a peak in spring-summer. Wind pollinated.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Small tree with shiny foliage. New leaves are reddish. Columnar growth form. Suited to planting near structures and a good background plant for urban yards.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock
Soil pH:Calcareous



Provides cover.

Native Habitats:Hammocks.

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


Ethnobotany:Wood has been used for tool handles, fence posts, and similar uses. Said to be a remedy for minor ailments such as stomachache, toothache and diarrhea.