Picramnia pentandra

Florida Bitterbush

Picramniaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red,NA
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Useful as a grouped planting or potentially a small specimen tree or large shrub.
Propagation:Seed
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:-
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Birds eat the seed.  Dispersal is by birds and gravity.

Insects:
  

Larval host for the bush sulphur butterfly, Urema dina helios

Attracts generalist pollinators.

Native Habitats:Tropical 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

Comments

Ethnobotany:Used as a tonic.
General Comments:

Listed as Endangered by the FDACS.  Please acquire only from reputable sources that have any needed permits.

This has been known to escape outside of its range when cultivated.