Laguncularia racemosa

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White Mangrove


Plant Specifics

Size:20 ft tall by 20 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms primarily March-September.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Useful in coastal sites both for screening, windbreak, and as a plant useful to coastal stabilization. Plant slightly upslope of red and black mangroves.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Stays Wet)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Stays Wet
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of frequent or regular inundation (usually areas with tidal inundation)
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Marine alluvium, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:



 Attracts bees, wasps, flies and butterflies (Landry 2013).

Native Habitats:Mangrove swamps. Tends to be at higher elevations that red and black mangroves.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

It's called "white mangrove" because it exudes extra salt through special glands which makes the leaves appear white.

The word "mangrove"  refers to all types of trees that have adapted to living in the sea. Worldwide, there are 23 genera from eight different families that have species that are described as mangroves.