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Tough Buckthorn, Tough Bully
Also known as Bumelia tenax
|Size:||12-30 ft tall by to 20 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen (south) or deciduous (north). Flowers in summer. Fruits ripen in summer or fall. Life span 50+ yrs (Nelson 2003).|
|Noted for:||Interesting foliage, Thorns|
|Recommended Uses:||Hedge plant, specimen plant, woodland plant. Plant where the silky brown/gold undersides of the foliage will be seen.|
|Considerations:||Plant where it will have space. While many specimens in natural scrub settings are slow growing, this plant can be a robust growing in the landscape. Expect it to grow into a small tree.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Not wet but not extremely dry ----- 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:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
Birds and other animals eat the fruit.
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Attracts bees and flies. A pollinator magnate.
Watching insects swarm over my tough bully trees is one of my summertime treats.
|Native Habitats:||Sandhill, scrub.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
This plant is easy to grow.