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Darling Plum, Red Ironwood
|Size:||8-12 (20) ft|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Fruit Color:||Black, purple|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Blooms all year (flowers inconspicuous) with peak in spring-summer.|
|Recommended Uses:||Screen plant. Specimen shrub or small tree -- you can choose based on how you opt to prune (prune, don't shear).|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Seed|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or 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:||Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Calcareous (high pH)|
Cover and food primarily for birds.
|Native Habitats:||Coastal hammocks.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Fruit said to be edible.|
Wood is dense (hard).
Listed as Threatened by the FDACS.